Category Archives: iPad Games

Kabam definitely had lightning in a bottle with their most successful game, Marvel: Contest of Champions [Free]. It has been a resounding success since its birth on the App Store in 2014. However, now that it is nearing its official 3 year mark, many of the game's veteran players have been complaining about its lack of end-game content. It seems as though Kabam has come up with their solution to the aforementioned problem...

A few weeks back Blizzard announced that it was going to make Hearthstone's [Free] Fireside Gatherings much cooler and easier to organize, and those improvements are going live as we speak (or read, or write, you know). Fireside Gatherings will now have Fireside Brawls, one-month long Brawls that will run alongside normal Tavern Brawls but will have no off days and will only be available for Fireside Gatherings. August's Fireside Brawl is A Frozen Recipe where players pick a pre-constructed deck built around a Death Knight card and filled with Frozen Throne cards (you can see all the decks here). Fireside Brawls will give people more reasons to actually get together and play rather than just doing it so they can play face-to-face...




The 32-bit scythe has claimed 3 more games today, PopCap's Solitaire Blitz, Peggle Classic, and the paid version of Plants vs Zombies. PopCap just announced that it will remove those three games from the App Store and Google Play today, but the games are already gone (at least from the App Store). So, if you were hoping to grab them before they disappear, you're out of luck. The announcement reminds players that they can still play the free version of Plants vs Zombies [Free], Plants vs Zombies 2, and Bejeweled Blitz. If you've downloaded the games in the past, you can still download them from your purchase history, but we're not sure if that will still be the case once you update to iOS 11...

I'm a firm believer in the ability of augmented reality (AR) and Apple's ARKit to change the way we play and consume entertainment, but I know we are still at an early stage and we haven't yet seen what the technology can do. Game Insight, the developer of the multiplayer first person shooter Guns of Boom [Free], has come up with a smart way of using AR and Apple's ARKit to bring Guns of Boom to life for those spectating. As you can see in the video below, the developers are using augmented reality to enable you to watch a 3D version of the unfolding action from an overhead rather than first person perspective. And as you move your device around, you get to see the events from different angles. If you want to, you can also watch the action from first person perspective, although I think overhead cameras make it more fun...

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] (again, longest title ever) is getting ready to give us Episode 3 next week, and today we got to see the trailer for More Than a Feeling. If you've played Episode 2 or read our review, you'll know that the series has been getting better and the last episode left us at quite the cliffhanger. If you watch the trailer below, you can figure out where that cliffhanger leads, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers. The trailer shows plenty of tension between the Guardians and their "associates" as well as the need to make some very momentous decisions that should really define the narrative's direction from here on, which is interesting given that this is just Episode 3...

RPG Reload Special Edition - 'The RPG Reload 3rd Anniversary Special'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we sometimes take a moment to check our status screens and admire our stats. While I had originally planned for this week's installment to continue our dive into the history of action-RPGs, it was brought to my attention that we passed another milestone this week. Our humble little corner of TouchArcade is now officially three years old, so I'd like to dedicate this week's column to a little navel-gazing in honor of that accomplishment. Put on your mystic caps of self-indulgence, friends, because we're going on a magic carpet ride of RPG Reload history! If you're here for the action-RPG series, we'll be returning to that next week...

Blizzard has turned the key and unlocked Hearthstone's [Free] Knights of the Frozen Throne second wing, and it's ready for all adventurers to come and take it on. The Upper Reaches wing is available for free (provided you've defeated the Missions from Week 1), and there are three bosses waiting for you: Blood Queen Lana'thel, Professor Putricide, and Sindragosa. The first boss turns you into a Vampire, which is pretty cool but comes with a catch: your Hero Power turns into Vampiric Bite that gives a non-Vampire minion +2/+2, but if you don't use it on a turn, you die. So, you should have plenty of cheap minions on the board at all times so you can bite away and stay alive...

Every month, Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] brings us a Chaos Arena, and the one for August is going to be live between tomorrow, August 18th, and August 21st. The Chaos Arena allows developers to bring us some crazy scenarios and lane conditions and makes PvP matches feel very different from your usual matches. Unlike Hearthstone's Tavern Brawl, Chaos Arena has a ton of different rules, and each match features one or more scenario rules or lane conditions. In other words, during those three days you can play all kinds of different arenas. Some of the rules have you switching decks with your opponent, shuffling cards into each deck, both players starting with more magicka than usual, and much more...

Pigeon Wings [$1.99] does so many things right, it's hard to pinpoint all of them and why they feel the way they do. First off the game is downright charming, and just the act of playing it puts a huge smile on my face. Second is that it controls impeccably well with a mixture of extremely fine-tuned tilt controls and screen taps. Third is that these qualities coupled with well-designed, bite-sized levels have turned the game into a hotbed of fierce competition, as has been playing out in the game's forum thread since its release a couple of weeks ago. A lot of this I think has to do with slow, iterative development, and as I mentioned when I first posted about Pigeon Wings a little over a month ago the game took over 2 years to complete. ..

Minecraft's [$6.99] Marketplace continues to grow month after month, and today it got some fun maps and survival spawns. The first one is a Monster Battle Arena, which turns you into a crazy scientist experimenting on poor mobs. Specifically, this map gives you a nicely constructed arena with a ton of mobs stored in its lower levels and a ton of levers ready for you to start pulling. This map allows you to play out the "who would win" kind of scenarios by allowing you to have mobs fight each other. You can have zombies and witches fight it out, or spiders versus zombie pigmen, and so on. And if you don't want to just sit and watch, you can use this arena to test your skills against waves of different enemies. There are also two survival spawns for you to try out, one that's a stranded sub and one that's a post-meteorite impact crater...

For the last few tournaments, Hearthstone [Free] has been giving away packs to those who pick a winning champion, and now it's time for another round of Choose Your Champion, this time for the Hearthstone Global Games Finals 2017. There are only four teams left in the competition—Ukraine, South Korea, USA, and the Czech Republic—so you have pretty good chances of grabbing free packs. The way Choose Your Champion works is you pick one of the four finalist as your champion (you can't switch once you confirm your choice, so pick wisely), and then the more wins your champion gets, the more packs you earn. Pretty easy, isn't it?..

The mobile version of the classic Stronghold franchise called Stronghold Kingdoms [Free] has finally launched worldwide, so you now all check it out. At the same time, keep in mind that this game is an MMO version of the classic Stronghold series, so go in expecting something closer to Clash of Clans than the traditional castle-building of Stronghold, although players in our forums point out that it's not a Clash of Clans clone. In this game you get to build your own castle with all kinds of castle defenses, manage your resources and troop production, trade with the many other players on the map, siege other players' castles, and so on...

Frost [$3.99] is a deck-building card game that is all about surviving against impossible odds in a treacherous environment where any misstep can be your last. It is cold. It is bleak. It is fantastic. You play as the leader of a small band of survivors looking to outrun the Frost — a killer blizzard — and make it to the Refuge, the one place where one can find a modicum of safety from the storm. The entire game is designed to support Frost's narrative and theme, from the chilling music and spot-on sound effects to the whitewashed artwork full of chilly blues, grays, and whites...

2K and Cat Daddy Games have been updating Season 3 of WWE SuperCard [Free] quite a bit recently. The latest update is the fifth one for the season and it adds more than 100 new cards, in game ads to earn energy for free, tweaks to support card pulls, and more. The latest update also includes the SummerSlam '17 Tier. This set arrives right in time for the big NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III pay per view show this weekend, and the likes of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, Paul Heyman, and more will join the fray in this newest tier...

Ticket to Earth [$4.99] is a well-made tactical RPG with a cool, puzzle-like combat mechanic that is both compelling and rather unique - a rarity in this day and age. The game's first protagonist is fond of saying "see the grid, find the path," the mantra from a futuristic martial art that allows her to blitz through the battlefield and over different colored squares that fuel a variety of attack powers. The story is cool, and is set in New Providence, a dying colony on a distant world. The colony is being evacuated back to earth, but you need a ticket - and they all end up in the hands of the rich and powerful. The people have had enough, and faced with an uncertain future, opt to rise up. ..

In Cityglitch [$2.99], a new puzzle game in app stores now, the world is filled with haunted cities full of glitches—strange, irregular, and dangerous beings that torment the residents. It falls on a red-headed protagonist to fly through each city from rooftop to rooftop and light runes in order to conduct a magical ritual that will free each city from their glitches. Naturally you play as this protagonist and must solve a puzzle to light each rooftop rune. Each puzzle takes the form of a five-by-five grid. One or more of these spaces will be occupied by pink oblong circles which are the runes of that rooftop. When your protagonist steps on a rune it will light up becoming two oblong circles, one nested within another. Your goal is to light up all of the runes...

Have you finished praying to the RNG gods? Have you performed the necessary sacrifices to appease them? I hope you have because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all about randomness. Encounter at the Crossbones gives you a random class and a random deck and wishes you good luck, which you'll definitely need. This brawl might have a different name than the older Encounter at the Crossroads, but they are pretty similar. The change in the name probably has to do with the brawl's emphasis on the new Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Specifically, the decks include many of the newer cards, and all the decks seem to come with the Death Knight of the class you were assigned...

Egglia: Legend of the Redcap [$9.99] is an example of a game that betrays expectations to its own detriment. Because the development team consists of some key people who worked on Square's Mana series, the game's look and marketing might give you the impression it's a similar game. It's not. The game carries a relatively high price tag and no IAP, factors which usually point to a more traditional gaming experience, but Egglia also requires you to maintain an online connection and deal with a lot of timers and social RPG elements. On a fundamental level, you might look at the game's previews and screenshots and think you're getting something along the lines of a standard JRPG. But it's not that, either. Sadly, I think if you come into the game holding too strongly to any of these reasonable expectations, you're a lot less likely to enjoy the game for what it is. I suppose that's at least one major thing Egglia has in common with the average Mana game...

Friends, Telltale's games are a bit like Pringles potato chips: once you consume one, you immediately hunger for more, devouring another and another until you ralph all over Jared's brand new loafers. Or something. Look, we're not here to talk about the TouchArcade Staff Beach Party. No, we're here for something everyone can enjoy, without that nasty sand-in-your-suit after-party. It's time to talk sales. Discounts. Price plunges. Budget relief. Take your pick of terms, but be careful. Clementine will remember that. Anyway, those fearless purveyors of story-based games Telltale are running a pretty sweet sale on just about every game they offer. It's a good time to load up on the ones you're missing...

Taito is one of the most historically significant companies in gaming history, and that is almost entirely due to Space Invaders. The 1978 pioneer of shoot-em-ups kicked off a genuine worldwide craze, and Taito watched their coffers fill with cash hand over fist. Plenty of great games followed, but none would have the impact or financial success of Space Invaders. Taito helped create the arcade scene with that game's focus on achieving high scores. Sadly, the company never quite got the swing of making home games, and their relevance diminished right alongside the arcades they helped to build in the first place. They weren't even able to hold onto their crown in the shoot-em-up genre for very long, but to their credit, they kept right on swinging anyway...

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