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TouchArcade Forums' Game of the Month January 2017: 'Red's Kingdom'

While the TouchArcade staff attempt to draw attention to what we perceive as the most noteworthy titles in our Game of the Week feature, the sheer quantity of releases mean that often our views contrast greatly against those of the awesome mobile gaming community that resides on our forums. Although there is occasionally a common ground reached - such as Crashlands being both the forums' Game of the Year, as well as the official TouchArcade award winner - this isn't always the case, and the excellent Game of the Week and Game of the Month voting polls, which are organised entirely by members of our community, allow readers to have their own say on what releases really resonated with them. Thanks to the hard work of long-time community legend Andy C83, and his efforts in relaunching the awards series for 2017, we have our first official TouchArcade Forums' Game of the Month for January - congratulations Red's Kingdom [$2.99]!..

'Xenoraid' Review - The 'Marvel vs. Capcom' of Shmups

I like playing games that may exist in a particular genre, but are willing to defy the conventions of that genre to create something different. That's exactly what 10tons has done with Xenoraid [Free], their entry into the shoot 'em up genre. It does things differently from other games, and maybe you won't like it! Western shmups are already so different from Eastern ones, due to cultural differences. Xenoraid manages to even transcend that difference, and feels like its own unique shoot 'em up. But you might just enjoy what this heterodox title has to bring to the table...




Big Bucket Software is back after their solid 2014 adventure game Space Age [$1.99], returning to their breakout hit The Incident [$0.99] in a sense with Stagehand [$1.99]. Featuring Frank, the protagonist of The Incident, and a retro, pixel-art style, your goal is to keep Frank running along by controlling the platforms underneath him. You drag to keep him running, or to jump from one to another, trying not to obstruct him, as if he gets slowed down, he will get scrolled off the screen and that's the end of Frank. Sorry, buddy. But you do have conveyor belts that will speed Frank along so he can recover some of the gap between him and oblivion. Helpful! It's all a clever concept, and it has the production values you'd expect from Big Bucket. But, this game feels like it's in a place out of time, because it's a $1.99 endless game with little to unlock, where the replay value is in getting high scores. It's a quality game, but it might not have the depth in the modern context of the App Store to make everyone happy...

Classic Reload: 'World of Goo HD'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we goo what we want. Each month, we take a look at a classic game from the annals of iOS history to see how it holds up in the here and now. 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 King Slime, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from month to month, but if there's something you really want to see, let me know by posting in the comments below. You might not see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the master list for future consideration...

Things have been quiet on the Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] front after the huge update a few months back, and no hints are coming out of Mojang and Microsoft on what the future holds for this great game. We did get a patch today, though, but no new mechanics or features were added; instead, what we did get is another texture pack, and this one is pretty sweet. The Candy Texture Pack pours some sugar on the game, turning mobs into Jelly Creepers, Starlight Mint Skeletons, Velvet Cake Cows, and more. As you can see from the screenshot below, the game looks fun and colorful with this new texture pack...

You could find the 1972 movie The Godfather, based on the book by the same name, next to the dictionary definition of a classic, and now the famous characters from the movie have barged into the App Store probably with malicious intent (although they would never admit that). The Godfather Game [Free] turns Marlon Brando's Don Vito Corleone and the rest of the mafiosi into an empire-building game similar to many other on the App Store. In order to build your legacy, you'll have to use all kinds of methods of "persuasion" to expand while protecting your own turf...

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, so a game with the name Candy Crush Saga [Free] couldn't stay away from a season all about having a crush. So, in celebration of the day of buying expensive gifts for your better half, Candy Crush will run an event called Cupid's Challenge, which will be live from February 10th to 15th and February 17th to 21st. What's extra fun about this event is that it's the first time Candy Crush players will get to compete against other players, which sounds like fun to me. During Cupid's Challenge, you'll have to help Dexter the Whale, who has donned a Cupid costume, collect 10 Striped Candies and win a Lollipop Hammer...

As much as I tried to understand what was actually going on during the Super Bowl last weekend, at the end of the day my allegiance and undying love is firmly bestowed upon football (or soccer, if you're reading from the United States or Australia). While euphoric highs are so often followed by crushing lows, nothing is more cathartic than seeing the ball rocket into the corner of the goal, and the popularity of excellent simulation titles such as Football Manager Touch 2017 [$19.99 (HD)] suggests that I am not alone in my borderline-zealous reverence for The Beautiful Game. However, on the multiplayer side of things, there haven't been many titles that have really set the App Store alight, at least beyond limited local play in something such as Pixel Cup Soccer 16 [$2.99]. Solid Soccer [Free] is determined to revitalise the stagnating genre, and offers full online tournaments with a bare bones yet intuitive focus on the basic (and arguably most important) elements of the sport. While the game first soft launched in October, today Solid Soccer has finally released worldwide for free on the App Store, so if you're a fan of the sport be sure to strap on those trainers and get stuck right into this newest football title...

The LEGO Batman Movie is scheduled to launch tomorrow in the United States, and if rave reviews from critics are to be believed, this latest animated film featuring everyone's favorite plastic construction toy should reach the heights expected of both the Caped Crusader, but also The LEGO Movie that came before it. In celebration of the feature film release in theaters across North America, LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham [$0.99] and LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes [$0.99] have both gone on sale for $0.99. However, the fun doesn't stop there - The LEGO Movie Video Game [$0.99] and the LEGO The Lord of the Rings [$0.99] titles have also been reduced to a mere dollar in what I can definitely describe as a ridiculous LEGO themed sale...

The App Store has an abundance of clever puzzle and word games that are perfect for the immediacy and portability that mobile gaming presents. However, very few are executed as well as SpellTower [$2.99] - in a similar vein to his reinvention of chess and card games in Really Bad Chess [Free] and Sage Solitaire [Free] respectively, Zach Gage's take on the word game was deceptively complex, and hooked us enough to warrant both a five star review and a honourable mention for our 2011 Game of the Year award. While five years may have come and gone without any major additions to the title, SpellTower has today received its landmark 4.0 update with number of major additions, including Merriam-Webster dictionary support, a brand new 'Zen Mode', and fully-functioning online multiplayer...

Felis: Save all the Cats [$3.99] has been on our radar for a very long time. Even with the lengthy delay, I was certainly looking forward to its eventual release because, hey, it’s a platformer about saving cats. If you look simply at the story, thematics and gameplay, I’d almost say it was worth the wait, as well. Unfortunately, significant issues with the controls detract from what could have been a decent entry into the genre...

Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] is a lot of fun, but there are definitely a couple of things about it that can be a bummer. One of the biggest things is how maddeningly hard it is to rank up a star ranking on a hero. Moving a hero up from the four-star "almost useful" rank to the five-star "I'll keep them" rank requires grinding of two different items, and neither is particularly easy to come by. From now until the end of the month, however, Nintendo is making it a little bit easier to stock up on one of them...

Let's start with the most important aspect of the just-released adventure game Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet [$2.99]; it includes a parrot voiced by Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor Who. It also has a pretty silly trailer, which is always a plus. In addition to those two, though, Nelly Cootalot has plenty more to offer to those who enjoy adventure games. As you try to figure out and stop the plans of Baron Widebeard (probably a hipster baron), you'll get to visit some really fun locations and meet a pretty silly cast of characters, all the while enjoying the colorful art of the game...

If you like your Hearthstone [Free] filled with spells, you've come to the right Tavern Brawl. Battle of Tal Barad, which we've played in the past, has you building your own deck, and then every time you play a minion, you get a random spell of the same cost that costs 0 mana to play. The spells will come from random classes, so don't go picking a class just because it comes with strong spells. And, since you're are getting random spells, expect plenty of RNG in this one, which is fine by me. When it comes to building a deck, go with minions on a nice curve (unless you find a specific spell essential for your strategy) and bring minions that are buffed by or interact with spells (expect to see Mana Wyrms and Flakewakers aplenty) since you'll be casting a ton of those...

'Dandy Dungeon' Review - Fine and Dandy

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February 8th, 2017 11:00 AM EST by Shaun Musgrave in 5 stars, Adventure, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Role-Playing
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At this point in iOS's life, it's getting hard to find a new spin on the whole roguelite genre. Most of the people reading this probably own at least twice as many as they've had time to play. I suppose my job here is to try to convince you that you ought to add Dandy Dungeon [Free] to that pile, because you really should. It's bizarre in all the most likable possible ways, and while its basic mechanics are familiar, the way it presents them is definitely unique. If the general theme of, say, Katamari Damacy appealed to you, this is a game you'll want to check out...

Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and while some of the more cynical amongst us may claim it's really just a capitalist exploitation of a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed, it does give many couples around the world an excuse to demonstrate their love to the object of their affection. Of course, there is no better way to show such commitment as with a Pokemon GO [Free] Valentine's Day event! From 11am PST today, until the same time on February 15th, Niantic are celebrating Valentine's Day within Pokemon GO, through making pink-colored creatures more common, lure modules last for six hours, and by awarding double the candy for each Pokemon captured or buddy companion walked...

Dial the clocks back to early December of 2015 and developer Art in Games released AirAttack 2 [$0.99], a sequel to their incredibly well-recieved 2010 vertical shoot 'em up. There was little warning of AirAttack 2's arrival, and as such it took both our community and our staff by storm as it proved to be one of the most visually impressive and refreshing shooters available on mobile. We awarded it 5 stars in our review as well as Game of the Week honors. And, despite releasing so close to the end of the year, AirAttack 2 made enough of an impression on us that we included it in our Best Games of 2015 as well. In short, AirAttack 2 is really, really good!..

The App Store is inundated with card games, but many of them are relatively complex, which makes getting into them too time-consuming. RPS Saga [$0.99], which has just released, hopes to offer something more casual to those who enjoy card games while still making it interesting enough. As the title hints at, the game uses the rock-paper-scissors rules that should reduce the complexity and make it easy to pick up. And judging from the trailer, the battles are fast enough to make it easy to play in short bursts. I play quite a few card games, but I think there's always space for a casual one...

We first talked about Voyageur [$3.99] in June of last year, as its description as a "literary space exploration game" and "procedurally-generated science fiction novel" really caught our attention. We also found it interesting that Voyageur was part of the Fundbetter initiative put together by Fallen London [Free] developer Failbetter Games. If the masters of narrative and literary games at Failbetter were also backing an indie literary space adventure, well, it seemed like nothing but good could come from that. And as of just a few moments ago, we can finally find out for ourselves as Voyageur has officially released in the App Store...

'Splitter Critters' Review - Splitting the Difference

'Splitter Critters' Review - Splitting the Difference

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February 7th, 2017 10:00 AM EST by Shaun Musgrave in $2.99, 4.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Splitter Critters [$2.99] is a cute Lemmings-style puzzle game with a clever gimmick and a gentle difficulty curve. From the developers behind the intriguing Dark Echo [$1.99], this game sees you trying to help adorable little aliens reach their UFO and escape each stage. They'll move around on their own, with each type exhibiting slightly different behaviors, so you'll have to herd them to where they need to go. Your only means of doing that particular task is by tearing the screen in half with a swipe and moving the pieces to create a path to the goal. As you progress into the later stages, you'll often need to slice the world into pieces a few times to get things where you want them. Since you're limited to three cuts at any given time, the stages aren't meant to get too complicated, making this a pretty enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels...

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