Category Archives: Guides

Craneballs’ Splash Cars [Free] may look like a version of Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99] with a little Splatoon thrown in, but it definitely stands on its own. I gave the game four stars in our review, and I’d happily do it again. (If for some reason I had to review the same game twice. That’s weird though.) Unlike Pako or Splatoon, though, Splash Cars is very much a free-to-play game. It has timers, dual currencies, ads, and plenty of grinding. So what can we do about this?..

After spending the last two weeks with Vainglory’s [Free] newest hero, Reim, I have to say that he’s had the most challenging difficulty curve of any hero that I’ve written a guide for. With high-damage moves dependent on timing, sustain reliant on landing said moves, and middle of the road mobility, I found that Reim requires a player that will give him a lot of attention. However, with proper training (perhaps starting with our guide below), he has the potential to be a high end jungle front liner for any team down the stretch...




So, you want to download soft-launched games like Clash Royale, don't you? We often talk about soft launched games here on TouchArcade (and if you enjoy our coverage, your support is most welcome), with a winking hint toward people who know how to get these games. But the methods to do so are often tricky, left to be known by a few. While getting soft launched games in a country you don't reside in isn't necessarily easy, it's not that difficult to do, you just have to know where you're looking and what to do. Here's how to register an iTunes account in a different country for soft launch games...

With the advent of the new Rick and Morty game, Pocket Mortys[Free] , you might find yourself a little out of practice at being the very best there ever was at capturing and battling living beings against each other. No worries, however, I've rekindled my inner trainer and want to share with you some really nice little tips on how to maximize your fun through ruthlessly defeating all the other Ricks out there that are just pretending to be the best. Also, be sure to hit up our Pocket Mortys Thread on our forums to follow the discussion as it's happening!..

My New Year's Resolution was a weird one, while you guys are quitting smoking, going to the gym, and other lofty life-changing goals, I decided I would play Clash of Clans [Free] on a high level. Admittedly, it had a lot to do with seeing a Clash of Clans trailer before Star Wars and thinking to myself, "You know, it's kind of dumb that I'm not regularly playing a mobile game that's grown so huge it's the last thing you see before the new frickin' Star Wars starts." That being said, the cool part about hopping into the wild world of Clash of Clans now is that over the years they've added so many different quality of life improvements to the game. It's sort of crazy how often I find myself thinking, "It would be nice if I could do ____________," only to delve deeper into the menus and see that already exists. That being said, the game has also grown exponentially in overall depth and complication, making the original version that I first played back when it was released years ago feel... Surprisingly basic in comparison...

I’ve been a pretty big fan of all the recent heroes that have debuted on Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free]. However, I get particularly excited whenever there’s a new ranged hero designed for lane play. Kestrel is the latest hero to enter the Halcyon Fold in that role and I was pretty excited to check her out. After some extended play I’m also pleased to say that she’s an excellent addition to the slowly expanding lineup in the popular mobile MOBA. Now that she’s out of her week-long ICE exclusivity period we figured we’d launch our usual beginner’s guide for players that are trying to decide if she’s worth the investment...

So this is how it ends, with the Hall of Explorers; not a bad place for Hearthstone's [Free] League of Explorers Adventure to conclude. After a month (and an extra, off week), the Adventure has concluded with the last - and largest- Wing of the whole Adventure. The Adventure ends at the Hall of Explorers, one of Azeroth's foremost collections of ancient relics and a place of ongoing archaeological research. By the end of the Adventure, the Staff of Origination will be combined and all kinds of crazy things will happen. The four bosses were quite entertaining and the cards we are getting have been eagerly awaited, especially cards like Desert Camel and Elise Starseeker (one for practical reasons and one for the fun of it. So, let's head for the Hall of Explorers and wrap this Adventure up...

We’ve been reporting on Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] since it was announced back in June of this year. As a freemium hero collecting turn-based game, there’s obviously a lot to keep track of in turns of currency and timers. While that’s obviously a turn off for a lot of players, there’s plenty here in terms of depth and character variety to make it worth trudging through for Star Wars fans. Thus, the purpose of this guide is to get new players acclimated to the freemium systems in the hope that they’ll be able to enjoy what Galaxy of Heroes has to offer...

After a (very long) week with no Hearthstone [Free] League of Explorers to entertain us, we are back to our regular programming with today's Wing 3, The Ruined City. In this Wing, you'll fight against hordes of Naga and Murlocks in your attempt to make it through the Ruined City, get your hands on the third piece of the artifact, and in the process free Sir Finley Mrrgglton. The Bosses you'll have to fight against are Lord Slitherspear, Giantfin, and Lady Nazj'ar, and some of the cards you'll get are going to be really fun toys to play around with, especially Entomb, Naga Sea Witch, and the Legendary Sir Finley Mrrgglton. Overall, this Adventure has been quite fun so far but, more importantly, it has added cards that have shaken the meta, first among them Mr. Reno Jackson. While it's still early to know how the meta will change once all the cards are released and we've had time to mess with them, I do think that we are in for some fun times in the aftermath of the League of Explorers...

This month’s heroic addition to Vainglory [Free], like most of the heroes that have come to the Halcyon Fold before, adds an interesting twist to the dynamic of the hit mobile MOBA. Blackfeather is also a blast to play and has the potential to do some serious damage in the hands of players that know how to use him. Alas, before one can get to that point, it’s important to understand what exactly he brings to the table. Enter our beginner’s guide, in which we provide a brief introduction to Blackfeather his abilities and some potential builds for making him work in-game...

With Hearthstone [Free] League of Explorers First Wing officially behind us, we are now carefully entering the Second Wing, Uldaman. We're now chasing the second piece of the artifact that lies deep within the halls of Uldaman, a very important location for dwarfs. Which is why Brann Bronzebeard himself will be coming along to help us make it through this wing. Similarly to the first Wing, Uldaman has two bosses to fight against and a level called the Mine Cart Rush that is similar in nature to the Temple Boss from last week. There are some very good cards to get this week like Tomb Spider, Unearthed Raptor, and, of course, the Legendary Brann Bronzebeard that makes battlecries trigger twice...

It has begun fellow adventurers. Temple of Orsis, the first Wing of Hearthstone's [Free] new Adventure, The League of Explorers, is now available, and millions of fellow adventurers are diving into the temples, avoiding traps and searching for loot (cards) and glory. If you don't know what a Hearthstone Adventure is, this is a Single Player mode where players have to defeat various bosses and challenges in order to earn the 45 new cards. The Adventure consists of 4 Wings (each with 3 or more bosses/challenges), and a total of 9 class challenges, one for each Hearthstone class. We know that not everyone has the time, patience, or skill to make it through the Temple of Orsis unscathed. So, we will be putting together Guides to help you get those sweet new cards as easily and painlessly as possible. This guide will describe the various encounters, give you tips and tricks for each, and then give you decks ideas to help you get the Staff Of Origination...

A lot of people still say shooters don’t work on touchscreen devices, but over the years I’ve warmed to them pretty nicely. Sliding your greasy fingers around on a piece of glass will probably never have the same precision as a mouse and keyboard, but on some games I don’t even use a controller anymore. Yes, first- and third-person shooters have certainly come a long way on iOS, and in my opinion Afterpulse [Free] is one of the better recent examples...

It was kind of surprising how long it took Sega to make an endless runner featuring Sonic the Hedgehog on iOS. Thankfully, when Sonic Dash [Free] finally appeared a few years ago, it was actually pretty solid (as far as free-to-play behind-the-back runners go, of course). In my opinion the recently released sequel, Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom [Free] is even better, so I’ve decided to put together some tips and tricks to help you be the blue-iest blur this side of Green Hill Zone...

Kabam’s Star Wars: Uprising [Free] is not a very forgiving freemium game. With multiple in-game currencies along with a premium counterpart that’s pretty expensive to purchase that aspect of Uprising would be tough enough to navigate. Combine that with the expansive equipment system, mission structure and the extracurricular battles and there is plenty of opportunity for players to lose out on potential rewards. However, with the right timing and knowledge, there’s also opportunity to be taken advantaged of. A few of us here have been playing pretty regularly since launch and have compiled a few tips on how to potentially put the odds in your favor...

If you've watched a show like The Walking Dead, you'll know that in a zombie apocalypse, the unprepared always die first. If you play by the rules, you'll die; if you don't have survivalist skills, you'll die. In other words, if you don't know all the tricks, you won't be able to make it far in a zombie apocalypse or in the new zombie game, The Walking Dead: No Man's Land [Free]. Unlike in a real zombie apocalypse, in The Walking Dead: NML you can buy IAPs to help tilt the survival odds in your favor, but who said that surviving should cost you actual money? That's why I'm writing this The Walking Dead: No Man's Land guide so you can survive without shelling out any money; you can keep that for your victory burger after taking down the walkers. The game is a combination of base building, RPG, and tactical gameplay, and you'll spend most of your time with it expanding and upgrading your base, guiding your survivors through various sets from the TV show, killing zombies, and gathering supplies...

Like it or not, the latest Need For Speed game to hit iOS is pretty aggressively free-to-play. It has lots of timers, at least five different currencies, and a store packed with IAP to buy. Luckily, though, Need For Speed: No Limits [Free] is actually pretty fun. In fact, I’ve continued playing it every day even after writing our review last week, and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. In all that time I haven’t felt any need to spend so much as a dime, either, so I’ve decided to put together this handy guide to help other racers out there in their quest for shiny new cars and gold trophies...

In addition to the awesome Guild/Team additions as well as the Halloween map skin, Version 1.9 of Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] also saw the debut of Phinn, the latest hero to enter the Halcyon Fold. It’s always nice to see a new Support character and like all the other heroes, Phinn has some pretty crazy tricks up his sleeve. If you’re interested in seeing how Phinn plays within the meta, read on as we offer a beginner’s guide...

Freemium elements, aside, I’m a pretty big fan of the recent Pokemon Shuffle Mobile [Free] title to hit iOS. While I played it a bit on the Nintendo 3DS, I always thought it would work better on mobile (with others agreeing as well) and my convictions turned out to be correct when I finally installed it on my iPhone. While it has great production values and all the Pokemon allies most fans have grown to love, it’s still a match-3 freemium game. Despite the good and bad associated with that, it does mean that as a freemium game there are always a few things to keep in mind, as well as tips that can be followed in order to maximize your enjoyment with the game. We thought we’d compile a few of those in a starter guide for folks looking to get a leg up on the game...

A Beginner’s Guide to Skye, the latest 'Vainglory' Hero

It feels like it’s been forever since Super Evil Megacorp released a new hero for its mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] (in all reality it’s only been two months). Thankfully, that all changed with the launch of Version 1.8, which brought with it the debut of Skye, the latest hero to hit the Halcyon Fold. While she’s pretty difficult to use, she also has the capability to be an incredibly rewarding addition to any team. We’ve been putting her through her paces during this ICE-only launch week and have compiled beginner’s guide for folks wondering if she’s right for them...

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