Category Archives: iPad Games

So many modern games carry the 'sandbox' moniker without truly being endless havens of experimentation like the genre label suggests. Yes, Horizon Zero Dawn, I don't remember any invisible walls in any hypothetical sandboxes I played in as a child! That being said, The Sandbox Evolution [Free] has come the closest to the anything-goes chaos that I desire from games that put an emphasis on experimentation, and an upcoming update to Pixowl's mobile phenomenon looks to add even more mayhem to the app. Suitably titled the 'Disasters 2' update, the developers have added in eight natural disasters to complement the Lightning, Earthquake, Tornado and Nuke options that are already present in the game, and should be a fun and cathartic way of bringing about destruction to your world's inhabitants when it releases on June 28th...

Card Pack Changes, Token Shaman Guide, Kripp and Kibler Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #103

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best stories and videos from last week. As you've probably heard by now, we got some great news last week about changes in the card packs, changes that should help free-to-play players build better collections for cheaper. We also had some issues with the upcoming Wild Open. You will also read a Token Shaman guide, take a look at the good and bad Un'Goro card designs, and more. And, of course, we have the best videos from the past week. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let's begin...




Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Pokemon Go', 'Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre', 'Vainglory', 'TypeShift', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the most noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some awesome games got 64-bit compatibility in the last week! But besides that, some other games got some pretty cool content updates, too. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Ultimate General: Gettysburg [$3.99] is one of the prettiest real-time strategy games on any platform, and two years after landing on iPads, it has finally marched onto your iPhones after the latest update. The game was originally released on PCs, and even though the iOS version lost some great features—multiplayer and dynamic campaign—it is still a great game. Ultimate General has a 10-mission campaign that you can play either as the North or the South, great touch controls that let you move your armies around easily, and pretty strong AI that will give you plenty of challenge...

While the App Store has been the recipient of a whole host of excellent ports of tactical RPG classics, the Demon's Rise [$0.99] series from the folks at Wave Light Games is one of the few that started its trade on the App Store, and has gone some distance to carving out its own identity in the crowded turn-based strategy scene. While a sequel in the form of Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99] launched last year to a glowing four-and-a-half star review from our resident RPG guru Shaun Musgrave, the original game has received continued support since its original release in 2015, most notably through an update that brought up Demon's Rise interface, graphics and tactical engine to the same level as its sequel. Today, the first Demon's Rise game has gone on sale for $0.99, which serves as its biggest price drop yet, and will provide hours of brilliant RPG action for the dollar cost of entry...

Historically, it's hardly been a rare occurrence for the Japanese games market to look almost completely different from those of the rest of the world. While easy internet access and converging technologies have brought previously distinct regions together, Japan is still often marching to the beat of its own drum. The mobile market is another fine example of that. To look at the Japanese App Store charts is to see almost an entirely different group of games than you might see elsewhere. Many of these games never get an English release, and when they do, they rarely catch on. The latest to try is Fate/Grand Order [Free], a social RPG/visual novel hybrid that has been tearing up the charts in Japan since its release nearly two years ago...

Last week we detailed a massive new update that's heading to Rocketcat and Madgarden's sublime Death Road to Canada [$8.99], an update they've dubbed the COCCYX update. It's set to add a fancy new currency called Zombo Points which you'll need to earn through actually playing the game (no IAP!) and can spend on buying new perks and abilities. It pretty much replaces the current perk progression system with something that's a bit more clear and similar to progression systems in other games. There are also lots of new characters being added in this update, and that's the focus of today's news piece as the developers have just released a new video showing some of those new characters in action...

Her Story made quite a splash when it came out and [$0.99] managed to make FMV games cool again by giving us a game with strong writing and acting, which apparently were often lacking from other FMV games in the past. Now, you can check out this great game for $0.99, its lowest price ever. It's hard to talk about the game without ruining it, but just know that you'll be trying to solve a mystery by putting together various pieces of the story while trying to pay attention to clues and discover the truth about the mystery at hand...

We've been excited for the release of Touchdowners [Free] ever since its first unveiling early last month. I mean, this is from the people who have made wacky physics-based sports games like Wrassling [Free], Dunkers [Free], and Golf Zero [Free]. How could I NOT be excited for their wacky physics-based interpretation of American Football? And as we learned a week ago, Touchdowners was all set for a June 22nd release. Except… it didn't show up in time for our normal weekly new games roundup, which I though was kind of weird, and we hadn't heard anything from the developers about when specifically it was releasing, which was also pretty weird as they usually send emails about everything. ..

Hello everyone, and welcome to Musgravian Musings, a little space of my own where I can do some non-review reflections on recent game releases. In general, the featured games are ones that have caught my interest in some way or another, and will tend to be games that I didn't (and won't) review. This time, we're looking at the handful of retro releases SEGA just put out under the marketing umbrella of SEGA Forever. SEGA had been planning this initiative for a while, so it's obviously something they put some thought into. I just wish that showed better in the end results...

Prolific gamebook developer Tin Man Games has done great work with their various ports and adaptations of Fighting Fantasy. When they first got the license, they stuck mostly to adapting the books as accurately as possible. After a little bit of experimentation in games like Appointment with F.E.A.R. [$2.99], they decided to go all out for The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$2.99], an adaptation of the Fighting Fantasy book that started it all. Going with a board game-style presentation and a new system of strategic combat, it's a great take on an old adventure. And now for the first time on iOS, you can pick up the game at a discounted price...

Classic Reload - 'Lost Treasures of Infocom'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where our minds are forever voyaging. In each installment, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the one most likely to be eaten by a grue, I try to choose a balanced selection of games to feature. If you feel like something cool is missing, please let me know. You can leave suggestions in the comments below. I can't promise we'll get to any suggested games soon, but they will be added to the master list for future consideration...

The App Store is like an awful b-list zombie movie at the moment, with classic games fading left, right and center at the hands of Apple's relentless 32-bit Appocalypse. While a number of titles have since been updated to 64-bit to stay around when iOS 11 rolls into town, the very nature of this new requirement for applications means a number of true classics will soon suddenly disappear, which is disappointing for the platform as a whole. Thankfully, one such cult iOS hit has today confirmed its continued presence on the App Store. As we first reported last week, Rocketcat Games and Madgarden's Punch Quest [Free] has been updated to bring it into compliance with Apple's 64-bit regulations, and the developers have also strongly hinted at later successive updates that could add features such as Apple TV support...

If you were hoping to attend BlizzCon this year, I've got good news for you. Blizzard has just announced that the Anaheim Convention Center brand-new hall is ready to accept visitors, so the conference will be expanding and with it the tickets available. So, if you didn't manage to get your hands on any tickets the first two days they went on sale (and they did sell very fast), get ready to once more try your luck on July 5th. Specifically, on Wednesday, July 5th at 7 PM PT, you can try and grab one of the $199 tickets (plus taxes and fees) to attend the two-day gaming convention on November 3rd and 4th...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$1.99] players were looking forward to getting the 2.5 update, which is coming today, but the developers just posted a note telling everyone not to update to 2.5 until further notice. Apparently, there's an issue with restoring purchases on the app, so if you do download the 2.5 update, you won't be able to restore all your previous DLC and will only be able to play the core game. It looks like the problem is on Apple's side, so there's nothing the developers can do about it...

Hearthstone's [Free] Ben Brode just announced some great card pack changes that will help you build a strong collection easier. Starting from the next expansion (but applying to all card packs in the game), when you open a pack that includes a Legendary, it will never be one that you already own; instead, it will be a a different Legendary card from the same set. What that means is you can go ahead and craft a Legendary without worrying that you might be unlucky enough to get that same Legendary in your next pack. Additionally, you will never get more than two copies of a common, rare, or epic card in one pack. Those two changes should help players build a strong collection faster and with less money, which is a great thing...

This War of Mine [$1.99], or as I like to call it the depression simulator, is a fantastic game that has continued expanding ever since it released two years ago. After the update that added playable children to the mix—because, you know, the game needed even higher stakes—today the game received the 1.5 Anniversary Edition update in celebration of two years since the game's global release. This new free DLC brings new characters to the game, new locations to explore, and—most importantly—a new ending that leads to a different outcome to the game. Who knows, maybe this time around you'll manage to bring peace on earth...

We are getting closer to the release of Clash of Clans' [Free] Builder Hall 6 update, and Supercell has started unveiling some of the features we'll be getting. Most importantly, we are getting two new units: the Night Witch, which you can get when you upgrade Builder Barracks to Level 8, and the Roaster. The Night Witch does ranged attacks that hit both air and ground units, spawns bats that attack both ground and air units, and will spawn into a swarm of bats once it receives fatal damage. The Roaster is a great defense weapon against the Night Witch and shoots flames up to 7 tiles away in burst fire of 15 shots. At Level 6, it does 16 damage per shot, hits air and ground units, and does splash damage...

Most of you probably know that the Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] Better Together update will add cross-platform servers and graphical upgrades to the game, but it will also add plenty of other fun features as it strives for parity between versions. Three of those features that will be added to the game are stained glass, books, and banners, with the first two being the most fun of the three. Banners are crafted from wool, can be placed either on the ground or on walls, and they make for fun decorations when you're making medieval-themed builds. Books and quills let you create books that you can add text to and are great for adventure maps...

I hope you're not afraid of spiders, because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a classic one called Spiders, Spiders Everwhere, which is, as you might have guessed already, all about spiders. This Brawl premiered back in 2015 and was one of the very first ones, although we've played it a few times since then. In Spiders, Spiders Everywhere, you get a deck full of Webspinners and random spells from your class. Webspinners' deathrattle gives you a random beast, so expect to have plenty of beasts in your hand, and so will your opponent...

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