Category Archives: Games

The wait is over, North America. Fire Emblem: Heroes [Free]is finally out on this side of the world, too. The game started appearing on App Stores across the world late last night, but we were left to wait for hours and repeatedly check that iTunes link. No more, though, and now we can also join the Fire Emblem party. If you haven't read anything about the game yet, then you're probably living in a cave somewhere with no power and no internet. But for those few who don't know much about it, Fire Emblem: Heroes is Nintendo's mobile version of its famous franchise, and it will have you collecting heroes and doing battles...

Over the past few years, developer Shelly Alon has released two quirky and enjoyable puzzle games for iOS in 2014's Partyrs [$1.99] and 2015's Sputnik Eyes [$1.99]. So when we learned earlier this week that his next game would be a vertical shoot 'em up, a genre that's notorious for the type of frantic action not seen in Alon's previous puzzle games, I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. This new game is called Glitchskier [$1.99] and now that it's finally available I can answer my own sense of curiosity: It turned out brilliantly!..




Clash Royale [Free] has a pretty fun challenge this time around, and it's one that's doing something new. The Battle Ram Challenge allows you to build a deck with Battle Ram, even though the card isn't out yet, and any other card you want. That means you can play around with cards that aren't in your collection. The fun part is that if you manage to get 5 wins and up, you unlock Battle Ram cards, which means you'll see the card start appearing in your chests before the normal release of the new card. That's a pretty cool idea, I think. There are two price points for this challenge. The Grand Challenge costs 100 gems to enter, and the Classic Challenge is free on the first entry and costs 10 gems from there onward...

Just barely slipping past our normal weekly list of new releases was Grimnir and Snow Cannon Games moody new point-and-click adventure game The Frostrune [$4.99]. The game is heavily inspired by Viking legends and ancient Norse culture, and the gorgeous artwork does an amazing job of creating creepy and unsettling environments for you to explore and puzzle around in. We've covered the game several times over the course of the past year or so, and have really fallen in love with the tremendous atmosphere the game is able to create. Check out the newest trailer for The Frostrune to see a glimpse of the mood in the game...

Okay, let's try to look at the positives here. Clearly, Capcom is not going to just leave these games behind. We've seen a couple of updates to the Mega Man Mobile games so far, and while they haven't addressed the major issues with the games, it's encouraging that they're being done at all. Perhaps with time, these might be the versions they really ought to have been. That said, if you've bought one or more of them already and you're trying to make the best of things, you might be happy to hear about the latest updates...

Last Christmas, Blizzard gave us one very fun Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl called Gift Exchange which was all about stealing presents from each other. Today, with a month's delay, we are getting Gift Exchange once more, and it's one of the best ones to play. The way this Brawl works is you build your deck and then you try to get the various crates that will drop on both sides of the field (they drop whenever there's no crate on that side of the board). Those crates contain stolen gifts, cards that allow you to Discover expensive powerful cards that you can play at a discount. Yes, there's RNG there, but it's good RNG because of the Discover mechanic. You can even break your own side's crates, so keep that in mind...

It’s no secret around these parts that I have a great fondness for deck building card games. It also may come as a shock to you, me being a writer on a website and all, but I am rather fond of the fine art of word-smithery. Never did I think the two would be joined in such a perfect and holy union as they have been in Tim Fowers’/Fowers Games Inc.’s Paperback: The Game [$3.99]. It’s like the love child of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer [Free] and Scrabble [$7.99], and while it could use some more meat on its bones, it’s a beautiful little baby...

In September of last year, English iOS fans were finally treated to a localized version of the hit Japanese visual novel Steins;Gate [$8.99 / $8.99 (HD)]. It's an excellent game with a story that will keep you guessing right up until the end, and was easily one of the best releases of 2016 on the platform. The only real bummer about the release is that it wasn't a universal app. Combined with its relatively high price, that made it hard to justify for some players who use both their iPad and iPhone for gaming. If that's you, I've got some good news. Publisher 5pb is running a sale on many of their titles to celebrate the release of Corpse Party: Blood Drive [$12.99], and for the first time, that includes the English version of Steins;Gate...

All the way back in 2012, the cult Japanese horror game Corpse Party was released on the Japanese App Store. It took more than two years for the English iOS release of Corpse Party [$6.99] to come out, and when it did, it suffered from some early issues with bugs that were eventually resolved. The sequel, Book of Shadows, has been available in Japanese for quite some time, but as of yet, no English version has come. That makes it interesting that the follow-up to Book of Shadows, Corpse Party: Blood Drive [$12.99], released today in both Japanese and English versions simultaneously. Hopefully this is a good sign for future English releases from publisher 5pb...

PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator [Free] is a pretty entertaining game even when you ignore the huge name that helped put the game on gamers' radars. The game continues to grow, and the 1.4 update, which went live today, has added a big feature, Networks, while also adjusting various timers to make leveling up easier. Networks are like clans in other games, and you can either create one or join an already-existing one. As part of a Network, you can contribute views to unlock perks for every member, which should help players level up more easily. Speaking of leveling up more easily, the update has also reduced high level items' shipping times as well as increased the views you get from videos. Those changes should make the game more fun to play for F2P players...

For those looking for some tank mayhem, today's your lucky day because Phil Hassey's Tankout [Free] has just attacked the App Store. As we wrote about a few days ago, Tankout is a tricky game to describe because it combines creating with destroying and then wrapping all that up in competitive play. You try to take out your opponents in a variety of online worlds, and as you do, you collect coins. The fun part is you can spend those coins to build your own worlds, but others can damage those worlds and insert their own obstacles as well. It's one of those games that's easier to figure out by playing rather than reading about...

While the big N has stated that their first mobile game release Super Mario Run [Free] wouldn't be getting major content updates during the course of its life, they've still been pretty active about updating the game in general and running new events and sometimes even adding new features, like the "Friendly Run" mode back in December and the "Loads of Coins" event a couple of weeks ago. Today they've gone and done it again by updating Super Mario Run not with actual new content but with a major tweaking to how the game works in an effort to appeal to those who find it too challenging. It's called "Easy Mode" and you'll get the option to replay a level in this new way once you've failed it at least once. Easy Mode removes the time limit and also gives you unlimited bubble redos, meaning you can die as often as you want and can take as much time doing so as you wish!..

I’m a simple man. I see vikings, I click download. This has been true for years, and it was true a couple months ago, when Vikings: an Archer’s Journey [$2.99] was in the recommended new games section of the App Store home page. I didn’t opt for a review right away because this game definitely needed some more time in the forge, but a few thousand whacks with the hammer of improvement later and we have a solid bow-and-arrow-centric runner on our hands worth giving a look...

'Z-Exemplar' Review - My R-Type of Game

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January 31st, 2017 10:59 AM EST by Chris Carter in $3.99, 4.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter, Universal
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I've been gaming for a very long time, but I can say without hesitation that I was late to the ZX Spectrum train. Given that it was an 8-bit computer released in the UK in 1983 that's understandable, but strangely enough, various other bits of tech history that allowed me to experience it. My first ZX Spectrum game was Manic Miner on the now defunct Microsoft Zune, which drew me into a whole new world that I didn't know know existed. Soon enough I was learning about the MSX and diving into a rabbit hole of gaming that I could never escape from. If you've ever wikipedia-ed something for hours on end until you end up wasting the entire day away, you know what I mean...

Nintendo's Mobile Version of 'Animal Crossing' Has Been Delayed Until the Next Fiscal Year

It's been a fantastic time to be a Nintendo fan in the world of mobile gaming recently. As well as the runaway successes that were Super Mario Run [Free] and Pokemon GO [Free], Fire Emblem Heroes is merely days away, and the Nintendo Switch is receiving glowing praise amongst critics as it looks to blend the power and pedigree of console gaming with the portability of handheld and mobile devices. However, despite such excitement and anticipation, many are still wondering as to what Nintendo's plans are regarding their mobile iteration of Animal Crossing, which was announced at the same time as Fire Emblem. Sadly, in Nintendo's most recently released financial statement, Animal Crossing on the iPhone has been moved to the next fiscal year, and as a result you won't be able to dive into a colorful and quirky world of anthropomorphic animals and creatures until this April at the earliest...

In late October of last year we posted about the then-upcoming sequel to the 2013 platformer Snailboy: An Epic Adventure called Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron [Free]. The game featured some really fantastic visuals and some really interesting snail-based mechanics like slinging yourself around like a rubber band, sticking to walls, and shooting fireballs. Ok, maybe that last one isn't exclusive to snail behavior. Anyway, the game was looking great and about a month and a half after that initial announcement Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron soft-launched in select territories. Well, the wait is finally over as this morning Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron has officially launched worldwide...

Best Standard and Wild Decks, Nerfs and Pirates, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #82

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another weekly news and videos roundup here at TouchArcade. I hope you've been enjoying playing the game and you've found a couple of decks that are doing the job for you. This week there was plenty going on, from more talk about possible nerfs or Wild "demotions," to the Android client finally seeing the reduction it's always needed, to the top Standard and Wild decks of the week, and more. And, of course, we have the top videos of the week by Kripp, Trolden, StrifeCro, and more. The talk of possible nerfs has been growing stronger these last few weeks, so I wouldn't be surprised if we get an actual announcement some time soon. Until then, enjoy playing against (or as) pirates...

Update Mondays: 'VOEZ', 'Puzzle & Dragons', 'Leap Day', 'King Rabbit', 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. It hasn't been the busiest week as far as updates go, but I've managed to find several good ones for your reading pleasure. 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...

Ever since we first heard about Prevail [$4.99] all the way back in September 2011, the mobile community has been eagerly anticipating Johnny Two Shoes's open world exploration epic, with the thread in our Upcoming Games forum attracting a total of 601 replies and almost 129,000 views (as of publication). Since that fateful month over five years ago, we've seen Prevail brought back from purgatory in 2015, and an optimistic declaration that the game was finished back in January - but no news since as to when the title would land on the App Store. It's therefore baffling, but wholly unsurprising owing to its turbulent and secretive development period, that out of nowhere in the early hours of this morning, Prevail has finally launched on the App Store for $4.99...

Just when you thought your Clash Royale [Free] units were safe, here comes the Executioner to lob some heads off and probably change the whole meta. The Executioner unlocks at Arena 9, costs 5 Elixir, and causes area damage, which makes him great for taking out swarms. What's even better is his axe flies in a straight line and then it comes back like a boomerang, damaging everything twice. With his long range and the ability to hurt ground and air units, the Executioner will certainly find a place in many decks. His weakness is his slow attack speed or 2.4 seconds, a century in game terms. As you can see in the video below, he's a lot of fun to use, and while he can be countered by swarming him from the sides, he'll still do very well in many decks...

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