Category Archives: Guides

Well, Threes! [$1.99] is absolutely ripping up the iTunes charts, currently locked in at #1 paid in most regions, and blowing up all over Twitter as everyone and their second cousin have taken to boasting about their high scores. If this Threes! business is news to you, be sure to check out our review, as I'm highly confident in calling it the best game released so far in 2014, and it isn't one you should miss...

A while ago, I reviewed Gameloft's Despicable Me: Minion Rush [Free] here at TouchArcade and found that while it wasn't really doing anything special, it was pretty solid all around and had a lot of charm. Like many of Gameloft's games, it's seen quite a few updates and addded content, so I've never quite brought myself to deleting it off my device, whipping it out now and then for a run or to let my son have a go...

As we talked about on a recent podcast a couple of weeks ago, I've been mildly obsessed with Blinkbat Games' latest iOS release No Brakes Valet [$1.99]. And by mildly obsessed, I mean that it's the game I'm playing while ignoring all the much more important things in my life like friends and family. Sorry, guys. Anyway, No Brakes Valet is a wacky take on the "parking game" genre, of which there are hundreds or even thousands of on the App Store. What is it about trying to perfectly park a lot full of vehicles that's so engaging? I don't know exactly, but whatever it is No Brakes Valet takes it and cranks it up to eleven...

Thanks for checking out our Farm Heroes Saga guide! If you're a free to play gamer and want to learn how to win these games without spending real money, be sure to check out our guides for other top games:..

Following in the tradition of the guides I wrote for Candy Crush Saga [Free] and Papa Pear Saga [Free] today I've got some tips for playing Pet Rescue Saga [Free] without blowing your savings. Pet Rescue Saga is King's second-most popular game, and it's probably their most creative. While Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga [Free] are spins on the old match-3 genre, and Bubble Witch Saga [Free] and Papa Pear Saga are both rather shameless clones of Bust-A-Move [$4.99] and Peggle [$0.99] respectively, Pet Rescue Saga is actually a little bit unique as far as my knowledge of the genre goes. The other way it stands out is in how difficult it is. This is easily the meanest of King's games, the one where you are least likely to just push through by luck, and the one where you really have to plan your moves ahead if you want to move forward. It's interesting to me that King's most popular games are also their hardest, but I digress. Here's some advice if you're planning on playing this popular hit...

Thanks for checking out our Papa Pear Saga guide! If you're a free to play gamer and want to learn how to win these games without spending real money, be sure to check out our guides for other top games:..

As far as time management games go, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star [Free] is about as simple as it gets when it comes to understanding its freemium aspects. It takes time to stock floors, sell items and earn coins, and build floors. The game’s premium Imperial Bux can be used to speed up each of those activities and acts as the only currency that can be used to upgrade your bitizen-ferrying elevator. Still, there are a few tips and tricks that players can adhere if they want to get the most bang for their bux...

As we noted in our review, Gameloft’s GT Racing 2 [Free] is a great addition to the long line of excellent full-featured racers on iOS. While its freemium underpinnings are relatively benign, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get caught in that trap of feeling the need to pay in order to advance. The purpose of this guide is to provide some tips and tricks to avoid getting into those situations...

Thanks for checking out our Game of War: Fire Age guide! If you're a free to play gamer and want to learn how to win these games without spending real money, be sure to check out our guides for other top games:..

If you read my review, you know I had mixed feelings about Batman: Arkham Origins [Free], the latest from NetherRealm and Warner Bros. While I enjoyed the gameplay, I felt the monetization aspects ended up killing the game, particularly the poorly-implemented stamina meter. That said, it's a free game, and it's Batman, so I know a lot of you are playing it anyway. With that in mind, I thought I'd put together a little guide to help you make your way through the game without whipping out your Bat-Credit Card. Unless, that is, you want the Batman Beyond suit, in which case, I hope you have $50 to spare...

We've gotten into writing guides in a big way this year, and while we can offer up some good advice from a player's perspective, it's really awesome to get tips straight from the people who made the game and knows all of its nuances from the inside out. Like the Temple Run 2 developer tips, some of these might seem obvious to veteran players, but, if you've already beaten the game three times over do you really need tips?..

As we mentioned in our review, Pocket Trains [Free] really doesn't have a problem with excessive freemium elements. Sure, the game's premium 'Bux' are more important than ever, but the game is also balanced so players can earn them more through normal courses of play. With that said, we've got a few tips you can follow to make sure you'll earn enough coins and Bux without having to worry about needing to resort to IAP...

Thanks for checking out our Clash of Clans guide! If you're a free to play gamer and want to learn how to win these games without spending real money, be sure to check out our guides for other top games:..

It's kind of interesting how long-legged some games are in the App Store, especially compared to the traditional gaming market. Sure, Gree's base-building military romp Modern War [Free] is a bit long in the tooth, and is very similar to the even older Crime City [Free], but it's still as popular as ever. While it is, like fellow iOS offering Modern Combat, clearly riding off the success and fame of Call of Duty, its approach of taking similar settings and applying them to a different genre probably opens this up as a companion piece for Call of Duty fans, rather than the more difficult road of trying to dethrone the king. Whatever the reason, in the vein of our other guides, I've put together some advice and tips for those who are just getting into this one now...

When it comes to free games, you can find a huge assortment of varying levels of depth. Some focus on fairly superficial forms of collecting and/or building. Others, like Candy Crush Saga [Free], have a fairly simple premise that builds into something quite a bit more complex in the long run. Then, there's Puzzle & Dragons [Free]. This game has pretty well taken Japan by storm, causing teenagers to leave their handheld gaming systems at home in favor of their smartphones for perhaps the first time. Virtually all of these kids are playing without paying a single yen, which is more than possible since this is actually one of the most generous free games I've played...

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