Category Archives: Platform

Cat Bird [Free], the very cute and very fun platformer that won our highly coveted Game of the Week award, will be getting more content on October 26th, which is great news for everyone who likes cats, birds, and cat birds. The update will add world 4, which will be unlocked for everyone in the beginning. This new world will have a space theme (cats in space!), so it will introduce a portal mechanic to make things fun. There are 2 levels that will require crowns to pass, but when you beat them, you get some new skins for your cute Cat Bird. So, as you can guess, we are getting unlockable skins in this update, which should be fun given how cute the original skin is for Cat Bird...

'Cally's Caves 4', the Latest Entry in the Excellent Action-Platformer Series, Has a November Release Date and an Explosive New Trailer

While big name developers have attempted to translate massive IPs to mobile with mixed results, it's the home-grown franchises that are the most memorable on the App Store. Not simply because they play to the platform's limitations and strengths, and not just because they are the result of the concentrated passions and interests of a few individuals, but they just feel so much more genuine - especially when many of the developers are active within the TouchArcade community. The Cally's Caves series is certainly amongst the very best of them, and it has been a joy to see the significant improvement between each iterative title over the past few years, culminating in the excellent Cally's Caves 3 [Free] that received a stunning five star review from Shaun. Today, the developer has announced that Cally's Caves 4 will finally be launching in November, and has shared a trailer showing some of the frantic platforming action that is to be expected in this highly anticipated sequel...




The weekend isn't perhaps the most popular or conventional time to debut your new iOS game onto the digital equivalent of The Hunger Games that is the App Store, but that doesn't mean some rather excellent titles haven't snuck onto our forums on Saturday or Sunday. It does mean that combing through the App Store at the start of every week is quite exciting, as there's every chance something blindsides me that looks particularly appealing. INFINIROOM [Free] is the next game to have such a status, and takes a really clever spin on the auto-runner genre at a point where I thought there wasn't much room (pun not intended) for innovation in one of the App Store's most tired gameplay mechanics. I've had a lot of run with INFINIROOM this morning, and the game is now available for free on the App Store worldwide if you want something to get past that moody Monday feeling...

'Ninja Scroller - The Awakening' Is a Frantic Sidescroller With Slick Graphics, Launching November 30th

If one thing's for certain in 2017, it's that ninjas are still as awesome as ever. I don't care what anyone says about the Assassin's Creed series - the stealthy secret agents from feudal Japan are far more contextually interesting, and also look infinitely more badass. Thankfully, the App Store has had a solid representation when it comes to ninjas, with Mika Mobile's classic (and sadly only 32-bit) OMG Pirates! being one of my favourite sidescrolling action games in the tentative early years of iOS gaming, and recent efforts like Mr. Future Ninja [$1.99] and Breakout Ninja [Free] have also been a lot of fun. Ninja Scroller - The Awakening is the next such upcoming release, and as you may expect from the name, features a lot of the titular mercenaries in a beautiful auto-runner environment. In the lead up to its November 30th release, the developer has released a neat preview trailer for Ninja Scroller on our forums...

Classic Reload: 'Mikey Shorts'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we have no idea where our shorts have gotten to. In each installment, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it's doing 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 for. As the King of No Pants, I try to choose a balanced selection of games from month to month. If you have a game you'd like to see featured, however, don't be shy! Instead, post a comment below with your suggestion. Since I make the schedule pretty far in advance, you might not see the game show up soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

Puzzle Platformer Remake 'Duke Dashington Remastered' Is Charging Onto the App Store on November 9th

2014's Duke Dashington [$0.99] was the first in a long line of awesome puzzle platforming titles from developer Adventure Islands, and the frantic nature of the challenges combined with the Wario-esque arrogant swagger of the titular protagonist resulted in a particularly memorable mobile experience. Those of us who may have enjoyed the original game will be all to aware that the recent 32-bit Appocalypse means the game is currently unplayable on iOS 11, however the developers have seized this seemingly sad situation to bring Duke Dashington charging into 2017 in style. Enter Duke Dashington Remastered - don't let the name fool you, this entirely new game in the series is built from the ground up with new level design and improvements in almost every aspect of the title, and is set to launch on the App Store on November 9th...

I would be willing to bet that many of us have doodled various things on paper at one point in our lives. There is something special about what our imaginations can create when we implement our ideas through different forms of art. I still have a couple of notebooks (from my early childhood) that are chock-full of strange ideas/illustrations and I still find it entertaining to pour over their contents from time to time. I have come to appreciate games that attempt to emulate the aesthetics of doodles/drawings that are procured from the depths of people's imaginations. Grapple Gum [$1.99] emulates this type of art style and manages to mash a variety of gameplay mechanics together to create a "slingshot-action-platformer"...

It's no secret that we're huge fans of the Mikey games around here, and for me personally being a massive platforming game nut, they're easily amongst my very favorite games on the entire iOS platform. So you could imagine the sadness I felt as the original 3 games in the Mikey Shorts trilogy sat in my "Dead Apps Walking" 32-bit folder, waiting to die with the arrival of iOS 11. But wait! Developer BeaverTap Games has stayed their execution with some slightly delayed but totally welcome 64-bit updates for the Mikey trilogy. Mikey Shorts [$1.99], Mikey Hooks [$1.99], and Mikey Boots [$1.99] are all updated and in good working order now on iOS 11 and are just as fun as ever. ..

Apple is using the revamped App Store in iOS 11 with its added emphasis on curation and editorial to bring us news of a substantial update for Super Mario Run [Free] that's set to hit next week. First up is a new mode called Remix 10 which takes 10 bite-sized chunks from the existing levels in the game and has you play through them in quick succession. There are also rainbow medals spread throughout for you to collect, and it sounds like it'll be a different experience each time you play the new mode. There's no failing this mode, if you don't make it through a level you'll just move onto the next one, but playing well and collecting the medals will allow you an opportunity to earn new items for your Mushroom Kingdom, culminating the the grand prize of a brand new character: Daisy. Once you've unlocked Daisy through Remix 10 mode, she'll be playable in the rest of the game, and comes with a new double jump move that should give players a whole new way to play through the game...

Yesterday was the day that iOS devices officially welcome ARKit and, hopefully, all the augmented reality wonders that will come with it, and we've been seeing some interesting attempts by developers at making augmented reality actually matter for their games. The just-released ARise [$2.99] (got it?) has you guiding a tiny adventurer across all kinds of platforms as you try and reach the top, retrieve the sacred sword, and awaken the monster. As you can see from the trailer below, the game has you moving your device around to change your perspective and find the right path. And the visuals are pretty nice and bright, which should make the game look good on your kitchen table or living room floor (and I can see kids really enjoying this)...

'Drag'n'Boom' Review - Being the Khaleesi on Drogon in 'Game of Thrones'

Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] couldn't have come out at a better time because what better time to come out with a game where you're a dragon than right after a big Game of Thrones season where Drogon, the biggest of the dragons, got to burn quite a few people on the ground. And this game really makes you feel like a dragon, burning everything in your path and pulling off some really fun combos by, well, shooting your enemies again and again. The only thing missing from this game is a bigger enemy variety to fill the game's 50 levels, but even with the enemies it has, Drag'n'Boom is a really entertaining platformer that controls great and lets you feel like a bad-ass...

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...

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!..

The good folks at RareSloth have once again released an update for their fantastic puzzle platformer King Rabbit [Free]. This latest update is called the Diamond Collection and features 64 of the very best community created levels released in an official package complete with new leaderboards and achievements. The Diamond Collection follows the precious gem naming convention of the previous three expansions - the Emerald Collection, the Ruby Collection, and the Sapphire Collection. Each of those expansions were released for $1.99 apiece, and as a special bonus if you've previously bought all three of them then you'll receive the new Diamond Collection for free. Whee!..

'STANDBY' Review- A Brutally Difficult Precision Platformer That's Tremendously Rewarding

As a child, my first forays into gaming involved me experiencing many platformers on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. I loved the difficulty and the learning-curve of certain platformers, such as Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, Earthworm Jim, and the Super Star Wars series. Sometimes I blow the dust out of my old cartridges and fire up my trusty Super Nintendo in order to take the games of my childhood for a nostalgic spin. I have no idea how I beat some of those games so quickly back when I was a child. They were pretty dang hard back then, and they still are now. Anyways, there have been many additions to the platforming genre on the App Store which continue to fuel my life-long love for them, and that includes the recently released STANDBY [$3.99] by HypeTrain Digital...

'Comic Boy', a Stylish Rhythmic Puzzler Set in Comic Book Panels, Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

Comic book panels and iPhone games have seemed like a natural pairing, ever since Framed [$3.99] first released to universal praise from critics and casual gamers alike. While 2017's greatly improved sequel Framed 2 [$4.99] underlined the appeal of its fluid cartoon aesthetic design, we've been dying out for even more games to use the cool comic book context for even more creative adventures, and Stay Heavy Games are determined to satiate such demand with their upcoming release Comic Boy. Based on an old App Store prototype release titled Escape the Page, Comic Boy is a platforming title with a heavy emphasis on rhythm and style, as you run through the panels and avoid enemies to reach the end of 36 handcrafted levels. While Comic Boy is still very much a work in progress, the developers are looking for eager beta testers to try out the game early on our forum thread...

Before we get going with this review, let's address the elephant in the corner of the room: SEGA Forever. SEGA's latest attempt to bring its classics to iOS has had a bit of a rocky start thanks to a frankly lackluster Genesis emulator. SEGA got a lot of feedback from those initial releases and, to their credit, have been working hard trying to address the problems. Their latest release is Ristar [Free], and it comes with a new emulator build that shows significant improvement over previous ones. It's not perfect, mind you. While it greatly improves on the framerate and sound issues many have had with earlier releases, this version sometimes has some screen tearing. Nevertheless, it's a solid enough release that we feel it's worth reviewing this game largely on its own merits...

'Super Phantom Cat 2' New Trailer Revealed, Set to Pounce Onto the App Store on August 17th

It's an understatement to say I've been extremely excited for Super Phantom Cat 2 ever since it was first revealed back in July. The original Super Phantom Cat [$1.99] was one of my favorite games of 2016, and not simply because of its adorably cute theme. The abundance of colorful worlds and levels to explore, combined with the wonderfully tight platforming action that managed to stay interesting and varied with a number of neat power-ups, resulted in what many described as mobile's own take on Mario - certainly high praise if there ever was some. As a result, a sequel that offers even more characters, chapters and phantom powers to experiment with is inevitably going to be high up my list of upcoming releases. After Cat Quest's [$4.99] impressive debut last week, August is proving to be an outstanding month for everyone's favorite domestic animal on the App Store, as Super Phantom Cat 2 is set to release on the App Store on August 17th...

We're on high alert here at TouchArcade and ever vigilant in tracking the coming iOS 11 "Appocalypse." If you have no idea what I'm talking about allow me to recommend our definitive guide to iOS 11, 64-bit support, and the end of playability of a great many older games. The short of it is, if a game has not been updated from 32 to 64 bits it will stop working on any device that runs iOS 11. Luckily developers have been responding to this threat to their games and, despite there being little financial reward for doing so, are updating their games if possible. One such game is Slayin [$0.99] which just got version 3.0. The update description is simple, yet welcome, "Added 64-bit support."..

Hilarious Speedrunning Platformer 'Himster' Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

I've played some terrifying games this year, but the upcoming App Store title Himster is looking to serve a serious challenge towards the likes of Outlast 2 and Resident Evil 7 for the most horrifying release of 2017. In Himster, you control the titular upgraded hamster, which is claimed to be 95% more fun and have 75% more energy than your average cat, dog or fish that are currently the post popular pets in the world. The resulting creation is a hideous yet deceptively adorable rectangular-shaped Himster, which is able to stretch and fly around the rainbow-tinted backdrop to solve the many puzzles across the game's numerous platforming challenge modes. This may sound like an incredibly bizarre concept - and you're totally right - however the brilliant gameplay trailer below gives a glimpse of what to expect from this eccentric arcade game before it launches in the near future...

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