Category Archives: Games

We got some huge news for Switch players straight out of Nintendo Direct today; Arena of Valor, the super popular MOBA that is slowly making its way to mobile, is coming to Switch in all its (free-to-play) glory. Arena of Valor (called Honor of Kings in Asia) has been dominating the charts in China to the point where it sparked debates over mobile game addition and was even penalized by the Chinese government. It was actually called a "poison" that's ruining young people and was forced to put limits on daily playing times in an effort to help players under the age of 18 from becoming addicted. Soon afterwards, Honor of Kings launched in Europe under the name Arena of Valor, and we are patiently waiting for it to come to the US...

Sega is continuing on with their Sega Forever initiative, which they announced this past June and sees classic titles from their entire console history coming to mobile in free to play form. The initiative got off to a rocky start both due to underwhelming titles being released and the emulation performance of those titles being less than stellar. To their credit Sega has worked hard since to release new Sega Forever games with an improved emulator and they've promised to roll those improvements out to the existing line of games via updates. Today a bunch of Sega Forever titles received those promised improvements: Altered Beast [Free], Kid Chameleon [Free], Comix Zone [Free], and The Revenge of Shinobi [Free]. ..




iOS 11 and ARKit are almost upon us, and even though Apple didn't go into it too much during yesterday's presentation, Augmented Reality has the potential to add some very fun and new features to iOS gaming. Games are already jumping on the AR bandwagon, and the mobile strategy game Gladiator Heroes [Free] will be among the first to add AR features. Specifically, Gladiator Heroes will receive an update on September 19th, the day iOS 11 and ARKit launch. The new update will let players enjoy gladiatorial combat in "real life," which actually looks quite fun and is definitely going to be a great thing to show to people who still don't have a good grasp of what AR can do...

Ironhide Game Studios is most well-known for their excellent Kingdom Rush trilogy of tower defense games, but back in February of last year they announced a new game that would be tackling a different genre: real-time strategy. We didn't hear much news after that initial announcement until this past January when some beta footage was released, giving us a glimpse of the game in action. Then in March during GDC we went hands-on with an in-progress version of the game and thought it was shaping up quite nicely. Now, after much impatient waiting on my part, that game, Iron Marines [$4.99], has just hit the App Store a day ahead of its scheduled release date. I don't think anyone will be complaining about getting to play this one early! Check out the official trailer for Iron Marines...

The First Official Trailer for 'GRID Autosport' Has Been Released, and It Looks Incredible in Motion

While yesterday's Apple Keynote had a relatively strong mobile gaming presence, with the exclusive reveal of Sky from thatgamecompany and some impressive ARKit experiments showing the full capabilities of this exciting new technology, I came out of the conference feeling a little disappointed. Those amongst our lively Discord community will have seen me repeatedly predict that GRID Autosport, Feral Interactive's stunning racing simulator, would make an appearance. After all, if there ever was a game to show off the ridiculous capabilities of the shiny new iPhone X, it'd be GRID Autosport. Thankfully, the developer has numbed the pain somewhat by releasing their first official trailer for their highly anticipated racing title, and I can't help but feel that GRID Autosport could the premium driving simulator that the App Store has desperately needed for so many years...

'Cat Quest' Review - An Interactive How-to on Mobile RPGs

We've had our teeth sunk into Cat Quest [$4.99] here at Touch Arcade Towers for a while now. It's been just about a year since one of our first looks at the game at TGS 2016. Since then we also took a peek into the dev process Gentlebros went through to cook up this Action-RPG offering. A lot of times our Patreon supporters will ask us about games that shape or define a genre, and Cat Quest, for all its levity, has left an indelible paw print on that list. ..

Hearthstone's [Free] Oktoberbrawl has officially commenced, so get ready for some entertaining matches and (of course) pretzels and beer. The way Oktoberbrawl works is there are two teams of three players, Team Light and Team Void, and you can support your team of choice. Team Void consists of Dog, Thijs, and J4CKIECHAN, and Team Light consists of Kripparian, Reynad, and Alliestrasza. The members of these two teams will face off in weekly, live-streamed matches using fresh accounts and building decks from packs earned along the way. Those of us participating in the Oktoberbrawl can help our team of choice get more packs each week by winning Ranked games...

If you want a fast and furious platformer, then check out the just-released Drag'n'Boom [Free] by Ankama. As we wrote about a few days ago, Drag'n'Boom uses some fun slingshot mechanics to let you slingshot your little dragon around the levels while taking out the many enemies in all kinds of fancy ways. One side of the screen lets you move around by jumping, flying, or charging, and the other side lets you spit fireballs at the many enemies all over the screen. And the game isn't just about rushing from one end of the level to the other; it's also about taking out enemies in style, with mid-air combos giving you more gold. I like the way Drag'n'Boom uses slow-motion effects to break the game's intensity and allow you to pull off crazy stunts...

It looks like Edmund McMillen is definitely looking into iOS more with another announcement and release month target. After recently reconfirming Super Meat Boy Forever for a 2018 release, we now have a release month for The Legend of Bum-bo. This is a prequel to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [$14.99] which is on iOS from Nicalis. ..

Could 'Animal Crossing Mobile' Be Announced at Today's Apple Keynote?

It seems we know almost everything about the big Apple Keynote that is happening in only a few hours time. Whether it's the big new iPhone 8 (or iPhone X, depending on what you read), or the potential powerhouse that is the 4K Apple TV, the upcoming hardware iterations for pivotal mobile gaming devices are certainly worth getting excited over. However, software remains a mysterious, unknown quantity - after the astonishing appearance of Miyamoto to promote Super Mario Run [Free] at last year's event, Apple have justifiably made expectations equally as stratospheric for today's keynote in terms of potential new iOS games. One particularly exciting rumour that is making the rounds on social media and enthusiast forums alike is the shock reveal of the elusive Animal Crossing mobile game. With virtually no details from Nintendo on their App Store iteration of their legendary simulation title over the past few months, many are holding out for a similarly bombastic announcement today - but is there any substance to such rumours?..

'Pocket Mine 3', the Latest in the Cult Digging Puzzle Series, Is Launching Worldwide Tomorrow on the App Store

Back in the early days of the Nintendo DS, during the typical new console release drought that seems to plague the vast majority of major handheld launch windows, I stumbled upon the deceptively brilliant Mr Driller series from Namco. To be honest, I wasn't sure what on earth was actually going on during the majority of the game, and I didn't exactly get very deep - literally and figuratively - within it. In my defence, I was barely nine years old at the time (wow, I feel old). However, ever since then, the catharsis of games that involve drilling or descending down a seemingly endless cavern has greatly appealed to me, and that core gameplay mechanic was epitomised by the excellent Pocket Mine series from Roofdog Games. After a total of 9 million downloads from both Pocket Mine 1 [Free] and Pocket Mine 2 [Free] - as well as surprise runaway success in the Japanese App Store - the developer is set to release Pocket Mine 3, the latest game in the franchise, worldwide tomorrow...

With the big Apple conference occurring later today, the impending 32-bit Appocalypse that we've wrote about at length over the past few weeks is closer than ever. While it's been extremely gratifying to see so many developers update their classic titles to support the demands of iOS 11, there will inevitably be some games that will depart the App Store in the next few weeks, and QuestLord [Free] appears to be one of them. Having last been updated in December 2013, QuestLord is sadly still only 32-bit compatible, and with the developer's focus presumably being on the upcoming sequel, the retro-themed dungeon crawler is currently sitting firm in iOS death row. To perhaps give mobile gamers one final chance to play this iconic mobile RPG, Lava Level has today made QuestLord free to download for the first time since its February 2013 release...

One of 2017's best games came very early in the year when RAC7 Games released their terrifically unique puzzle platformer Splitter Critters [$2.99]to the App Store. The game had you trying to guide adorable roaming critters to their spaceship by slicing up the environment and then shifting the sliced pieces to create new pathways the little buggers could walk on. It was the type of game that felt like it was built for a touchscreen and not only did we award Splitter Critters our Game of the Week and give it 4.5 stars in our review, but Apple thought it was pretty great themselves and it earned a coveted Apple Design Award during WWDC this past June. So, with so much critical acclaim under its belt, where does Splitter Critters go from here? Into the world of augmented reality, that's where!..

Card Nerfs, Druid Power Level, Naga Sea Witch, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #111

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. As was to be expected, this week was dominated by the announcement of the upcoming nerfs to some very important cards. We aren't used to Blizzard taking action that quickly, so when the developers announced that they were going to nerf five cards, almost everyone in the community was caught off guard. Every player has been waiting to see Druid nerfed, but the nerfs went beyond that, and not everyone is happy about it. I'm glad to see the developers being more reactive to issues with the game, and I'd rather they go for it and get it a bit wrong than wait for months to ensure they get it 100% right. Let us begin...

One of the silver linings of the impending 32-Bit Appocalypse has been seeing what sort of App Store golden oldies have risen from the depths of neglect to get some sort of shiny new update to make it 64-bit compliant. I'd have to say my most unexpected update so far has been the one for Rogue Touch that launched at the beginning of the month, but my eyes certainly widened when I discovered that PikPok's touch-centric dunking game Slam Dunk King [Free] had received its first update in nearly 5 years saving it from the Appocalypse. Originally launched in 2011, Slam Dunk King felt like a riff on the ultra popular Fruit Ninja as there were basketballs that launched into the screen and your job was to snag it with your finger and dunk it into the hoop, while also flicking away any bombs that came your way. What set it apart was the trick system which had you grabbing the ball and then doing all sorts of fancy things with it before finally dunking it in an effort to rack up cool combos and a high score...

Tabletop card game Friday (Freitag) [$3.99] made its way to the digital world back in July and provided mobile gamers with an opportunity to play as Friday from Robinson Crusoe. Your job is to direct the efforts of Robinson, famous literary shipwreck victim and all around bonehead, as he learns his way around the island and gets better at, you know, not getting himself killed. The game is a lot of fun and just got a major content update: King of the Island. King of the Island is an online tournament for 1024 players who will compete to become the best of the bunch and true ruler of the tropical island...

Every two to three days, give or take, somebody somewhere asks for advice on the best roguelike games for mobile. Inevitably Sproggiwood [$4.99] appears on the resulting lists. Sproggiwood and its cute graphics and copious humor came out in mid-2015 but has held up to the advances of time and game development as a paragon of the roguelike genre. It's also on sale right now for its lowest price ever, just $.99. Sproggiwood goes on sale fairly frequently but usually for $2 or $3, never this low. In Sproggiwood you play as a simple island farmer who is lured through a magical portal by a talking sheep. The portal leads to a trap (the lesson here is don't trust talking sheep) created by the Sproggi, a forest spirt who built a village to keep you in and occupied. Your job is to tame all of the creatures that roam the forests. ..

There are quite a few multiplayer first-person shooter games for mobile gamers to experience and (possibly) enjoy. It's a genre that has consistently evolved over time in order to adapt to the limitations of touch screen controls. Despite those limitations, these games continue to be a mainstay on my mobile devices. One of my favorite first-person shooters on the App Store is Bullet Force [Free] by Lucas Wilde. Lucas Wilde also recently released his newest game, Forward Assault [Free], which I had the pleasure of testing before its release. Forward Assault may look the same as Bullet Force (aesthetically) but it is an entirely different beast. This guide will hopefully help you ease into this competitive first-person shooter by increasing your knowledge of the game, as well as increasing your skill as a player...

Ever since Rolando redefined the expectations of what mobile gaming could offer, I've been inexplicably attached to cute, anthropomorphic blobs in video games. Don't get me wrong - I'm all for excellent character design within the industry, but despite how hypocritical it may sound, the purity of a smiling red circle just triggers something deep in my heart. This meant that the trailer for self-described physics puzzle venture Tales of the Tiny Planet [$1.99] was particularly appealing from the outset, as bouncing the titular spheres around deviously designed levels (with comical voices and sound effects upon an especially spiky demise) looked both charming and captivating. As puzzle games go, Tales of the Tiny Planet appears to be out of this world (pun fully intended), and is available to download from the App Store for $1.99 today...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Real Racing 3', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Card Thief', 'Hitman Sniper', 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. Updates, updates, we've got updates. Some are pretty cool, but many of them are just 64-bit updates that are exciting but not really a good fit for this summary. Like Vay. Can you believe they updated that? Shin Megami Tensei dies while Vay lives on. It's a strange world out there, friends. 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!..

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