Category Archives: iPad Games

The Best Action RPGs for iPhone and iPad - An RPG Reload Ranking

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where our battles to the death sometimes involve QTEs. In each of these columns, we take a look at some aspect of RPG gaming on iOS. Often, it's in the form of a replay or a retrospective, but today we're doing something a little different. In the last couple of months, we went through the history of action RPGs, from Dragon Slayer to Dark Souls. These trips through history present us with an opportunity to do something that is often requested of us here at TouchArcade: lists of the best examples of each gaming genre. Consider this, then, your starter set for action RPGs on iOS. Are there other excellent ones? You bet! This is just my opinion, after all. But this gives you a place to get started in the genre with some assurance of reasonable quality...

'Kick Ass Commandos' Review- A Gloriously Gory Homage to Arcade Shooters of the Past

The late 80's and early 90's were times when the more gore and shock-value video games had, the better. One of my favorite games of this time was Total Carnage. My cousin and I would play the crap out of its violent cooperative mode. Total Carnage's gory, action-packed gameplay made us feel like the edgiest kids of all time. I'm a sucker for anything that provides nostalgia (as I have mentioned time and time again) and Kick Ass Commandos [$2.99] gave me a much-desired dose of Total Carnage-like gameplay. It was originally released on Steam back in November of 2016, and now the game has "Schwarzenegger'd" and "Stallone'd" its way onto the App Store...




Guns Royale [Free] isn't shy about its inspiration; it wants to bring to mobile the same experience that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds brought to PC, but tailored to the mobile platform, and now that the game has launched worldwide, you can try it out for yourself. The game has you dropping in a large area along with many other players, collecting weapons and equipment, leveling up, and then trying to stay alive by taking everyone else out. As in the case of the PUBG, this simple gameplay loop can get very addictive and fun, so long as the game plays well and is relatively balanced...

If you're in the mood for a drive down the Italian coast of the 1970s, you should check out the just-released Wheels of Aurelia [$3.99], the interactive Italian road trip game that we talked about earlier this week. In Wheels of Aurelia you play as Lella and set off on a road trip that will let you enjoy the sights and sounds of what was a challenging time in Italy's history while at the same time uncovering Lella's own secrets. This interactive visual novel lets you explore the branching story by driving down picturesque streets instead of choosing a different option from a menu, and I think that's a smart way of turning what would normally be a bland UI into part of the story. The game offers 16 different endings for you to explore, which should make for plenty of replayability...

It's always a happy day when one of my favorite older games gets a 64-bit update and is saved from the doom of the Appocalypse. Today's example of this is ZeMind Game Studio's unique space shooter Starborn Anarkist [Free]. Initially released in December of 2013, Starborn Anarkist isn't your typical dual-stick space shooter, of which you can find many on the App Store already. Its main hook is the ability to build and customize your ship using a variety of ship blueprints and parts that you'll drag onto a grid and connect in the game's garage. I can't stress enough just how much fun it is to try out wacky ship designs and see what works, and the collecting and unlocking of new parts and blueprints is one of the most engaging forms of progression I've seen in a mobile game. It's very possible to create a total clunker ship that barely functions right, but that's part of the fun, and with randomly generated enemies and an endless nature Starborn Anarkist is one of those games that I'm always guaranteed to have a good time with when I fire it up...

We've been keeping a close eye on Minecraft's [$6.99] newfangled MineCon Earth celebration, the new take on MineCon, and today we found out who is going to be hosting the global livestream event on November 18th: Will Arnett. Arnett has talked about how he plays Minecraft with his sons and how he loves the way Minecraft inspires creativity, so he's very excited to be hosting the event. The event will start at 12PM EST and will last 90 minutes. The organizers aren't disclosing too many details, but they are emphasizing that it's going to be an interactive event rather than a simple presentations. And with Arnett hosting, we know that the livestream will have plenty of jokes (unless he goes as the magician, Job, from Arrested Development)...

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars [Free], fresh from its showcase at Amazon's Mobile Masters esport competition, is getting its biggest update yet that will have giant Megazords fighting other giant Megazords in a, you guessed it, giant Megazord on Megazord fight. There's something about giant mechs fighting other giant mechs that gets gamers' hearts pumping faster, so I'm pretty sure those who enjoy Power Rangers will have a gigantic blast with this new update. There are four Megazords to unlock, but who they are is a secret; you'll have to collect Zord Shards to find out. And during the Megazord Alliance Wars event, you can take your Megazords to battle against other Alliances, trying to deal the most damage to opposing Megazords to add to their Alliance's score...

Well, this really isn't a Halloween surprise because we already knew that Pokemon GO [Free] was getting third generation Pokemon for Halloween, but now it's official. Niantic announced today that starting tomorrow, players will encounter Pokemon originally found in the Hoenn region of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, including Sableye, Banette, and others. And, since this is Halloween after all, they'll be joined by the spookier ones like Cubone, Gastly, and Drowzee. The spooky ones will be found in greater numbers during this time to ensure that players have a spooky good time. The rest of the Pokemon from Ruby and Sapphire will also join the game but starting probably around December...

Rick and Morty is a huge cultural phenomenon, especially recently with all the talk of the Szechuan sauce "incidents," but it's also the source of the great Pokemon-like mobile game Pocket Mortys [Free] that has continued to grow ever since its release in 2016. And now, we are about to get many more characters in celebration of the TV show's third season. Specifically, starting soon and all the way into 2018, the game will receive 50 new Mortys and other characters—Teacher Rick, Working Class Rick, Street Loco Morty—along with original Ricks and Mortys unique to the game. These new characters should keep players coming back to the game, especially given the opportunity to unlock Ricks and Mortys that aren't even in the show...

When Capcom launched Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$1.99] this past July, they had already laid out plans for at least two content updates for the game that would add in 6 additional players to the roster. The first of those updates landed the very next month, adding Evil Ryu, Guy, and Gouken to the mix as well as some welcome play balancing and performance optimizations. Now today, about two months removed from the previous update, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition has received the second of those promised content updates. ..

The day is finally here, everyone; Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99] has finally launched, and I know many (including me) can't wait to get their hands on the game. Warhammer Quest 2 is the sequel to the fantastic 2013 Warhammer Quest—a game I've spent many hours playing—and it looks like it's raising the bar across the board. In this turn-based dungeon crawling, you are the last thing that stands between the forces of Chaos and total annihilation. What you do in the game? Well, put a party together consisting of sorcerers, witch hunters, warriors, dwarfs, and all kinds of other characters, kill a ton of creatures, and grab all kinds of loot. You then use that loot to improve your party and dive into the next dungeon...

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] is doing a crossover event with Warhammer 40K, and if you like futuristic, fancy looking tanks, you should definitely hop into the game. Macgragge's Thunder, named after the home of the Space Marines, will turn your garage into a Space Marine landing zone filled with drop pods and relics. It looks pretty cool and blends perfectly with the game's interface and overall mood. The most important parts of the event, though, are the two premium vehicles, the Ultramarines Vindicator and the Ultramarines Predator, both of which look really cool and will stand out among all the other vehicles of the game...

Many Minecraft [$6.99] players have been having some issues with the game after the big Better Together update (me included), primarily because post-update the game only allowed up to 6 or 8 chunks render distance. Just for comparison's sake, I usually have mine up to 14 chunks, which makes a big difference in enjoying the game and exploring unknown maps. Today, Mojang released update 1.2.3 that was supposed to fix the issue, and it has, for some. As of now, the Minecraft game on my iPad works fine, but the one on my iPhone is still stuck at 6. So, I'm guessing that the render issue is better but not remedied. I hope it gets fixed soon because it's one of those bugs that really affects how you play the game...

The app description for Campfire Cooking [$3.99] describes the game as being about the 'relaxing moments in nature'. However, don't let this claim and the game's cozy camp setting confuse you - Campfire Cooking is set to be yet another expansive, dense and highly enjoyable puzzle title from Layton Hawkes, and promises to provide some eclectic brain-teasing action in the developer's quite literally sizzling style. After how good Puzzlepops! [$0.99] was, it's no exaggeration to say that Campfire Cooking has been in the very upper echelons of my most anticipated mobile games, and thankfully the title now available to download on the App Store for only $3.99...

Wednesday is easily one of the best days of the week, and not simply because it follows the dreary, soul-destroying humdrum that Monday and Tuesday inevitably bring. Of course, beyond simply marking the middle of a laborious working week, Wednesday is the day where the App Store gets showered by so many mobile games it can be difficult to know what to do with them all. Thankfully, us at TouchArcade Towers are faced with the monumental yet majorly enjoyable task of finding the gems amongst the trash, and Time Recoil [$3.99] is certainly one such release that has caught my eye with its inventive premise and high-octane action. Being the latest game from 10tons, who you should definitely know from their previous excellent dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome [$8.99], Time Recoil is exactly what you'd expect from a developer with such a pedigree in the genre. However, with a unique twist of combo-driven slow motion gun fights, Time Recoil has a neat emphasis on strategy that distinguishes it from the crowd. After a few weeks of waiting, Time Recoil is finally available to download on the App Store for a mere $3.99...

The time to get all spooky is drawing nearer, Hearthstone [Free] players, because the Hallow's End celebration update is live on mobile now (although it might take a bit for everyone to get it). First of all, we are getting an all-new dual class Arena Mode where all nine Heroes attend in costume. How does it work? You start an Arena run, pick a Hero and a Hero Power, and then you get to pick from cards belonging to both of the classes (and, of course, neutrals too). And we are all getting a free Arena ticket during Hallow's End, so everyone can check out this new Arena. Additionally, we are getting a special Tavern Brawl, The Headless Horseman Rides, where we get to "disguise" ourselves by using a deck of cards from several classes as well as a passive Hero Power...

After many months of competition, Clash Royale's [Free] Crown Championship World Finals have been announced, and they will take place on December 3rd at the Copper Box Arena in London. The competition was a huge one, with over 28 million unique participants at the start of it and only 16 competitors remaining. And now, the one who will manage to grab that golden crown will also earn $150,000, which is definitely not bad at all. If you're planning on attending the event in person, you can buy tickets now, which are just over 40 British pounds and come with 4 mystery items (which seem to be a figurine, a beanie, a tote bag, and something else)...

'Game Dev Tycoon' Is Launching on the App Store on November 28th, With Brand New Content and Much More

If you had to ask me to name my favourite iPhone games of all time, I'm sure that Game Dev Story [$4.99] would undoubtedly be sitting proudly near the top of the list. Despite releasing hundreds of variably interesting simulation titles on the App Store over the years, Kairosoft's iOS debut in 2010 created the perfect concoction of immersive gameplay, a fascinating concept and an engaging sense of progression, and Game Dev Story is still arguably the game to beat when it comes to the video game development simulators. After Game Dev Story's release, numerous similar titles emerged, most notably Game Dev Tycoon on Steam. After proving to be a massive hit with streamers and YouTubers alike, Game Dev Tycoon is now launching on iOS on November 28th, along with a redesigned interface for mobile and a number of new gameplay additions...

I've written extensively about the possibility of Generation 3 creatures from the Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald games making their debut in Pokemon GO [Free], and Niantic have not exactly been subtle in the numerous hints that have been discovered both within and outside of the game. While the biggest indicator thus far has been the discovery of 135 new Pokemon in the datamine of the title's latest update, today a brand new teaser image for an upcoming Pokemon GO Halloween event has emerged that brings even more credence to this theory. As well as touting Gengar, Misdreavus and a Pikachu wearing a witch's hat, third generation ghost-type monsters Duskull and Sableye are also present, suggesting either a partial or complete release of this new cast of creatures before October 31st...

When it comes to SEGA and their 16-bit library, game re-releases tend to fall into one of three categories. First, there are the games that are always included: Sonic, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and the like. Then, you've got games that are often included, but not always. Phantasy Star 2, Ecco the Dolphin, and Shinobi 3 are examples of this group. Finally, there are games that SEGA only seems to include if they're being very thorough. Sometimes it's because they're tricky to emulate, other times because of rights issues, and still other times where the reason isn't clear at all. Beyond Oasis [Free] used to be part of this group, but it feels like it's slowly moving into the second category instead. Its presence here relatively early on in the SEGA Forever initiative is a good example of its improving fortunes...

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