Category Archives: Guides

Just as the first game did a few years ago, Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 [Free] has grabbed a lot of my attention since its release not long ago. It's a little buggy in places, but the turn-based battle system is very satisfying and strategic, and the team-building offers a lot of options to support a variety of play styles. Plus, it has Spider-Man in it. So, since I'm playing the game an awful lot anyway, I thought I'd put together a bit of advice for anyone else who might be interested in the game. Note that I'm going to try to keep away from recommending specific characters, since an overpowered character is often one update away from being toned down...

Gameloft’s take on a freemium city builder infused with Disney magic is an excellent title for those that interested in anything related to the House of Mouse. Yet, similar to other similar titles, Disney Magic Kingdoms does possess some nuance to the way it handles its timer based gameplay. We’ve been playing it quite a bit in order to build our ideal Disney park (hint, it doesn’t involve putting the Astro Orbiters in front of the entrance to Tomrorowland) and have a few tips to impart for those looking to build without resorting to IAP...




I quite enjoyed Rope Racers [Free] in my review last week, and in fact I’m still playing every day. Flying through each level via ropes and trying to beat nine other people to the finish is incredibly fun, but unfortunately the game has just about every free-to-play mechanic you can think of. There’s a slot machine, two currencies, a stamina meter, and several other timers. It’s far from the worst I’ve seen, but it can hamper your progress if you’re not careful. Fortunately, I managed to unlock all 20 leagues and most of the characters since it came out, and I’ve compiled some of the tips and tricks I used below...

So, you've read our guide to starting out in Clash Royale [Free], and you're looking to get better. Well, we're here to help. If you want to make the leap to being a better player, here are some key tips that will help you get the advantages in battle that you need...

Clash Royale [Free], Supercell's latest game, has just released worldwide, and I'm sure many of you will be playing it for the first time today. So, we thought you'll probably need some help getting the most out of the game because the more you win, the more fun you'll have. And if you haven't thought about trying it out, I suggest you download it because Supercell has managed to pack plenty of strategy in a very refined, and good looking, package. Add to that a pretty good monetization model that lets you get plenty of good cards and have a lot of fun without paying a dime (if you so wish), and you can understand why Supercell has a winner in its hands and why you should be playing it. If you're just starting out, this relatively short guide will teach you the basics of Clash Royale and get you playing well and winning battles. So, without further ado, let's jump in...

I've been spending a lot of time with TinyCo's Marvel Avengers Academy [Free] recently. What can I say? I have a documented weakness for Marvel fan-service, and this app really packs it in nicely. Now, there's not a whole lot of playing to be done here, since at its heart it's more or less a superhero aquarium, but I have found a few tips to help things move along a little quicker for those of us who want to enjoy the game for free. Some of these are obvious to anyone who has messed around with a game like this before, but for the sake of anyone who hasn't, I'm going to include basic advice along with the rest. Excelsior!..

In addition to the launch of a Lunar New Year map skin, new hero skins, and various gameplay changes, Version 1.14 in Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free] also saw the debut of Ozo. A fast and furious melee jungler, Ozo relies on quick player reflexes in order to do the most damage to his enemies. I’ve been enjoying Ozo during his ICE-exclusive period and now that he’s available for Glory unlock, we thought we’d post an introductory guide for players looking to see if he’s worth adding to your repertoire (spoiler alert: I think he is)...

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...

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