Category Archives: iPad Games

A few weeks back we wrote that the deck-building word game Paperback [$3.99] was getting a digital version, and that version would be coming out soon. Well, "soon" has arrived since Paperback has just released on the App Store. In the game you play an author trying to finish genre novels like Sci-Fi, Romance, Westerns, and so on. You start with a deck of letter cards, and as you form words, you earn money that you then use to purchase even more powerful letters (in a way like you do what you do in games like Ascension  minus the word-building). Many of the letters have special abilities that get activated when used in a word...

Zombie titles really need to innovate more-so than a lot of other types of games these days. The market is just so saturated that the mere notion of "survival" itself just isn't enough, and there at least needs to be an interesting hook involved beyond the solitary concept of continuing to exist. Skyhill [$2.99] does that, even if the magic doesn't last as long as the developers intended it to...




Just over a month ago, we told you about Zip Zap [$1.99], an upcoming puzzler from Phillip Stollenmayer and his studio Kamibox, maker of the brilliant existential crisis platformer Sometimes You Die [$1.99] as well as clever puzzlers like Okay? [Free] and Squaredance [Free]. Oh, and I can't forget about my favorite silly time wasters like Pancake - The Game [Free] and 1 Meter [Free]. Zip Zap looked to fall into that "clever puzzler" category, as it has you manipulating various Erector Set-like pieces that are joined with hinges in an effort to scoot, hop, or swing them over to an end goal. The whole thing makes a lot more sense if you watch the trailer for Zip Zap...

If you enjoy playing NBA Live Mobile [Free], the latest update should make you happy. As of yesterday, the game has been update to reflect the 2016-2017 NBA season, and that means new courts, jerseys, and new rosters, including new rookies. The new update has also added Daily Objectives to the game and a ton of fixes to the gameplay. The most important ones are improvements to the passing game that now allow you to pass the ball around the perimeter without losing it easily, bumping into other players doesn't mean you'll lose the ball now - although the AI can still steal the ball from you - alley-oop mechanics have been fixed (which was a huge community request according to the developers), and much more fine tuning...

Soccer (or, as the majority of the world calls it, football) fills a rather large void in my life, and so any video game that tries to emulate The Beautiful Game will definitely be on my radar. While FIFA 17 may be the big event of the week, it's an update to a slightly smaller football simulator that has made me most excited over the past few days. The game, of course, is New Star Soccer [Free] - being one of the mainstays on my iPhone for years, the perpetual updates since its release on iOS back in 2012 have gone a long way to altering the experience, for better and for worse. While a transition to freemium threatened to spoil what was one of the most compulsive mobile games of recent memory, New Star Games managed to balance and improve the experience well enough that it still remains an enjoyable arcade soccer simulator in the App Store. Today, the developers have released their biggest update yet for New Star Soccer, and have provided a complete graphical facelift to bring the game firmly into 2016...

The sheer number of mobile devices out in the wild coupled with the ease of downloading apps and their tendency to be free means that download milestones can get pretty crazy compared to other platforms. A million or, heck, even half a million units sold on another platform would be a huge success for most studios, but on mobile it's not even a drop in the bucket anymore. Which brings me to the news that FDG's ape-themed auto-runner Banana Kong [Free] has just reached the 100 million downloads mark across all platforms, and to celebrate FDG will be bringing a huge Beach-themed update to the game on iOS this Thursday. Here's a video showcasing the new Beach content...

Based on the web series by Alan Tudyk, Con Man: The Game [Free] is a freemium building game with the unique theme of building and running a comic convention. Players start out with a tiny con  without many fans or exhibits and slowly build up the ability to hire VIPs, build better facilities and sell bigger and better merchandise. Eventually, players also unlock themed exhibits for fans of specific genres (such as fantasy or horror). I took on the challenge of building my own con for over a month, checking in a few times a day without the assistance of purchasing any premium currency. While the theming certainly gives it a leg up on other builder games, I was not impressed with the relative progress players of the game when measured against its mechanics...

'Steins;Gate' Review - Desperately Seeking a Good Time

There's a certain attraction to time travel stories. Sometimes, they're about comparing the present to the past, particularly by sticking a fish out of their water. Other times, they're used as a way to think about the future and the promise it holds. Most of them really come down to a simple question: what would the present be like if things had gone differently in the past? Ultimately, time travel stories are more often than not morality tales about appreciating what we have and who we are. A warning about greed and how it can leave you with less than you had. A means of dealing with regret and the paralysis it can bring. Well, except for Back to the Future. That one's about making out with a younger version of your hot mom and getting a new truck...

Developers Semidome have made a name for themselves on the App Store, through bringing some truly beautiful and immersive visual and audio experiences to a platform that is normally synonymous with short and succinct gaming sessions. Last Voyage [$1.99] caught the eye - and subsequently the imagination - of the masses who played it when the title launched in 2015, even if our review suggested the game elements were somewhat shallow. Semidome's next major release, Nightgate [$1.99], managed to improve on Last Voyage in nearly every way, and while it was a bargain at its original $3.99 price point, the game has today gone on a 48 hour sale to $1.99 for the first time, so if anyone missed it back in August, now is a fantastic chance to play one of the best iOS games of the summer...

Infinite Dreams, the developers of the excellent shoot 'em up Sky Force Reloaded [Free], should probably change their name to 'Infinite Updates'. Whether it's laser raptors, as we saw in the latest 'D Update', or brand new tournament modes, the game has been supported impressively since launch, which even by App Store standards has been incredibly impressive. It will therefore come as no surprise that the hardworking development team have released yet another update that, while serving as a stopgap until the big addition of the new Level 13, adds a lot of interesting features that will only further cement Sky Force Reloaded as one of the most essential games within the shmup genre on iOS...

FIFA 17  is coming out tomorrow for PC and Consoles, and you can download EA's FIFA 17 Companion [Free] today to help you stay connected to your teams once the game comes out. The Companion is all about the Ultimate Team mode and allows you to use the transfer market at all times - great for being able to pick up a player right at the last minute - manage your squad and your club by changing formations and using your consumables as needed, and visit the store to buy packs, a good thing since FIFA shops tend to run many limited time specials. So as you can tell, these are all useful features for anyone planning on spending time on the Ultimate Team side of FIFA 17...

Marriage is a tricky, tricky act, isn't it? Quite often those joined in holy matrimony don't really fit well together, and even when they do, compromises must abound if there is to be any kind of happiness in their new union. And when the marriage is of two very different people, the challenges are even greater. If you've played Minecraft (either the mobile or the PC version) and any of the Telltale games, then you already know why I started my review of Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] with these metaphors. When Telltale told the world that it would apply its narrative-based formula on Minecraft, the game that's now synonymous with sandbox, many gamers wondered whether Telltale could pull it off and whether Minecraft players would bother with a developer that put their beloved open-world game in a narrative straight-jacket, possibly chopping off any parts that refused to obey the narrative techniques that Telltale has used in its other series...

Yogg-Saron (Again), RNG Talk (Again), Cheap Legend Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #66

Welcome to another weekly roundup of everything that's happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This has been another week where players have complained about the state of the meta and about how the game doesn't feel as fun as it used to. I feel we're going to be hearing the same complaints until we get new cards, get cards nerfed, or get cards banned. When will that happen, I have no idea, but it's hard to ignore the fact that we are once more going through very interesting times. Outside the complaining part, we got news on the upcoming World Championship, more on the making of One Night in Karazhan, and much more. So, on we go...

Update Mondays: 'Teeny Titans', 'Pokemon Go', 'Real Racing 3', 'Pac-Man 256', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some really spiffy games in this week's round-up, but which one is a bad enough dude to take home our coveted prize? Read on, friends. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

'PinOut', the Next Game From the Developers of 'Smash Hit', Is an Upcoming Endless Pinballer That Looks Stunning in Motion

It surely goes without saying for anyone within the iOS community, but any releases by Mediocre Games are far more than the everyday experiences that their modest name suggests. Unlike the title of their studio, Smash Hit [Free] was true to its label, and rocketed to the top of the charts when it was released in 2014. However, despite some previous crazes in the App Store, it achieved such lofty status through quality gameplay that we praised extensively in our review. Other games from the Swedish developers, including Sprinkle [$1.99] and Does Not Commute [Free], have also been of a similarly high standard, and have made every successive release by Mediocre one watch out for. Today, they have announced PinOut, their newest title that turns pinball into a continuous adventure across numerous neon tables, and looks absolutely stunning in the preview trailer:..

PikPok have seemingly been around forever in the iOS gaming scene, and have released a number of App Store classics, many of which remain on my phone to this day. While there have been numerous memorable collaborations with Adult Swim such as the excellent Monsters Ate My Metropolis [Free], it's probably Flick Kick Football [Free] that has take up the most of my time, as the arcade soccer mechanics merged with what were (at the time) innovative touch screen controls proved to be a natural mix. However, PikPok's newest game is nothing like either of these titles; Shadow Wars [Free], which has today launched worldwide, takes a far more serious take on the Puzzle-RPG genre, and tasks you with battling demonic creatures around the globe, through color-matching gameplay that necessitates well thought out moves and strategic planning...

Even though the majority of major App Store releases are clustered around the traditional Thursday launch date, it's always fantastic to start the week with some games that, for whatever reason, avoided this trope of iOS gaming. Frost [$3.99], from the critically acclaimed graphic designer Jérôme Bodin, is one such release, and while RPG titles infused with card game mechanics is not necessarily a new concept, the predictably brilliant aesthetic direction of the title could go far in distinguishing it from the crowd. Having already launched on Steam to almost universal positive feedback, Frost describes itself as a 'solo survival card game', and requires you to build your deck in the vein of similar titles such as Dominion [Free] and Ascension [Free] to survive a perpetual Arctic winter...

Minecon 2016 is currently taking place in Anaheim, California, and as was expected, we got some good Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] news. First of all, the upcoming 0.16 update, also called the Boss Update, is coming October 18th, so we'll have to wait another month to get our hands on it. But what will it bring with it? Well, we knew that it will add bosses - hence the name - so we'll be getting the Elder Guardian (and its Ocean Monuments), and the Wither in its revamped fighting form. What I'm more excited about is the first implementation of Add-Ons, which the devs call the first step towards even greater levels of customization to all editions of the game, starting with MCPE and Windows 10. As you can see from the video below, you'll be able to mess with mobs just by editing text files...

'Ember' Review - Keeping the Old-School RPG Light Burning

When 505 Games and N-Fusion released their old-school inspired RPG Ember [$9.99] last week, there were a few interesting things we noted. First, with a stated longevity of 30+ hours (coupled with no IAP), it’s certainly one of the longest premium RPGs we’ve played in awhile. Second, as a near simultaneous release with the PC version, it’s one of those increasingly rare games where the developer isn’t trying to hide the fact that a mobile version was developed concurrently with the PC version. Both are typically good indicators of a well-made game, and Ember certainly fits the bill. It does an excellent job paying homage to the old-school RPG and its controls make an acceptable transition to touch screen...

Supercell has a history of producing silly commercials for its games - like the Rules of the Duel commercials from a month ago - so I'm not surprised they just released some silly new ones about various Clash Royale [Free] units. These videos are mostly sing-alongs and include all kinds of music styles performed in the silliest of ways. There's a video about the Mini P.E.K.K.A, one for the Log (extremely silly one), and new Rules of the Duel videos that show off the Giant Skeleton, the (hated) Prince, and even enemies in general. All of them are very well made, as is always the case, and are definitely charming enough to get people who haven't played the game interested in trying it out...

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