Category Archives: iPad Games

What to Do in 'Dissidia Final Fantasy OO' After You've Beaten It

So you've made it all the way to the end of Dissidia Final Fantasy OO [Free]. First off, congratulations. That means you've watched a ton of cutscenes and battled your way through all five chapters of the story so far, undoubtedly tackling plenty of optional quests along the way. Nevertheless, there's probably some stirring in some corner of the gamer part of your soul, wondering if that's all there is (or maybe the regular part of your soul too, if you're the existential part). The answer is no, because not only is there assuredly more to come on the story front — and if you've beaten what the game has laid out to date, you know that there's nothing close to a resolution to its epic tale — there's plenty to do while you wait for the developers to add more to the main quest line. If you want to keep playing, here's what you should be doing every day to make sure your characters are as well-prepared as they can be for what eventually lies ahead...

'Dragon Lapis' Review - Not Exactly a Gem

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On the one hand, Dragon Lapis [Free / $4.99] is a bog-standard Kemco RPG release, the sort they used to boot out the door on a near-monthly basis. The only novel thing here is that the game is played in the portrait orientation rather than landscape, a change that makes it resemble Square Enix's iOS Dragon Quest games in what I'm sure is a total coincidence. On the other hand, Kemco hasn't been booting these kinds of games out the door on mobile quite as often as they used to. No one really is, if we're being honest. If nothing else, that makes Dragon Lapis slightly more welcome than it might have been had it dropped in the middle of Kemco's more prolific past...




Pokémon GO [Free] is gearing up for the Lunar New Year. There will be a special Safari Zone Event in Taiwan later this month and it will be at the Chiayi Lantern Festival. The event will see Drantini, Mr Mime, Growlithe, and more appear alongside lanterns during the day. Once evening (5 PM) hits, Chinchou and Lanturn will start showing up. Outside the Safari Event Zone, there will be more Pokémon to find around the rest of Chiayi County. ..

Maintaining a steady position at number 1 in the racing charts, Mad Skills BMX 2 [Free] is frantic fun for those looking for a physics-based racing game. It's also the kind of thing that's going to make you sometimes want to throw your smartphone against a wall in frustration...

It's not the first thing that comes to mind with any sandbox game to think, "Man, I'd like this game even more if there was more to do." The whole point of a sandbox is to let you do what you want, after all. That being the case, Portal Knights [$4.99] must really want you to like it, because its brand new Adventurer's Update loads it up with new features and new ways to play...

Midjiwan’s The Battle of Polytopia [Free] has quite the cult following. It debuted on the App Store in early 2016 and has consistently received updates wit enhancements and new content. I only started playing it after a friend constantly spoke about how well it played which was surprising given the genre. The Battle of Polytopia is one of the most approachable turn based strategy games out there. It also looks excellent and controls brilliantly on touch. Midjiwan announced something everyone wanted earlier when an online multiplayer update with cross platform play was announced. ..

Today is a good day for Capcom news. After updating Ghost Trick for iOS 11 and iPhone X, Capcom has a big spring sale on for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise has been across multiple systems over the years. I got into the franchise on the 3DS but always wanted to play the older games as well. When Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$3.99] released on iOS, it was a no brainer purchase. It is now down to just $3.99 from $14.99 on the App Store which is 74% off and the historic lowest price for this game. It is also a fully premium release with no hidden costs or in app purchases. Freedom Unite is actually an enhanced and expanded release to Monster Hunter Freedom 2 which was based on the second mainline Monster Hunter game that never released outside Japan. Watch the trailer for the iOS release below:..

Capcom’s Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free] is still considered one of the better Nintendo DS games. It released pretty late in the life cycle of the console but had great reviews across the board. It even won some awards at the time. I was pretty glad to see it release on iOS a year later. The sad thing is, the game never got the sales it deserved. Ghost Trick on the App Store has had quite the rocky history with OS updates. As with many Japanese ports, iOS updates sometimes break things and in a lot of cases, games remain broken for too long. Last year saw a double whammy in updates with iOS 11 dropping support for 32-bit apps with the Appocalypse and the iPhone X releasing introducing another aspect ratio to design for. Watch the Ghost Trick trailer below: ..

Cooperative singleplayer puzzling is what Death Squared [$6.99] provides in its iOS release. It's not perfect, and has a few annoying factors and humor that doesn't really break a lot of boundaries, but it provides some fun puzzles to solve and a game design that works perfectly for either playing solo or with a friend on the same device. I've played Death Squared in some early builds in the past couple of years, so I was curious to see how it would come to iOS, since what I played was very much driven by cooperation with another player. However, the final release makes the story mode something that a single player can play by themselves. The puzzles don't require a lot of simultaneous movement, they just requre that players be able to mentally deal with two different characters...

With the strange goth event coming to a close last week in Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free], it appeared that the decks were all clear for a Valentine's Day event. But no, friends. Doing what you would expect is not how this game rolls. Apart from a box of chocolates that was sent to everyone's mailbox, it seems Valentine's Day will come and go without much of a peep. Instead, players have been treated to the big update that Nintendo has been teasing for the last little while. There are a couple of semi-big things, and a bunch of little things. Let's take a look, shall we not?..

It Looks like THQ Nordic Is Bringing Adventure Strategy Game ‘This Is the Police’ to Mobile This Year

A listing on THQ Nordic’s official website under the upcoming releases tab has the adventure strategy game This Is the Police listed for a 2018 release on iOS and Android. This Is the Police originally released on PC platforms in 2016 before being ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2017. It saw a Nintendo Switch port late last year and it looks like it will finally make the jump to mobile this year. This Is the Police has you play as a Jack Boyd who is a police chief managing Freeburg. There’s a lot of micromanagement in the core gameplay as the story takes place in comic book like segments that are accompanied with some nice jazzy music. Watch the gameplay trailer for the original release below:..

There are tons of games on the App Store that appeal to either more casual or more hardcore gamers. Very few play brilliantly and appeal to all kinds of gamers as well as Reigns does. Reigns [$2.99] from Devolver Digital alongwith the sequel Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] are fantastic experiences and two of my favourite iOS games ever. If you aren’t familiar with these games at all, imagine an RPG lite experience where your main gameplay is akin to swiping through the Tinder app. Now Devolver Digital and Reigns Announced that they have crossed 2 million players. To celebrate this, they are offering the bundle with both games at a discount. Check it out on the App Store here. ..

Need something romantic to do on Valentine's Day this year? How about a road trip. Maybe to Canada? Maybe with a horde of deadly zombies trying to kill you the entire way? I really can't think of anything more romantic than that. Rocketcat Games and Madgarden seem to agree, as they've just released a surprise update for their zombie road trip simulator Death Road to Canada [$11.99]. The centerpiece of this update will be a special Valentine's Day Event, but of course you'll need to play on actual Valentine's Day to see it, so check back in tomorrow for that. When you do, Cupid will join your party and according to the developers "his sayings are VERY romantical" and he'll be sporting a new weapon, the bow and arrow. ..

You all are probably familiar with developer Paul Pridham, aka Madgarden, through his collaboration work with Rocketcat Games on titles such as Punch Quest [Free] and Death Road to Canada [$11.99], but did you know this one man wonder has also been making and releasing solo projects for many years now? It's true! One such project is the extremely laid back space shooter Chillaxian [$1.99], which he originally launched back in July of 2013. As you might have guessed from the game's title, this is an homage to the classic arcade shooter Galaxian, but like… more chill, maannnn. Move back and forth across the bottom of the screen as you fire at waves of enemies at the top of the screen. However, in Chillaxian these groups of enemies are much more lively and expand and contract in a mesmerizing–and yes, chill–kind of way. Blast through as many levels as you can, with checkpoints every ten levels and boss fights every 5 waves. It's simple, relaxed alien blasting that we really enjoyed in our original review from 2013...

We've been irrationally excited for Bossa Studio's forthcoming cat-dating game ever since we first heard about it back in August of last year, and just prior to its "official" release date of Valentine's Day this Wednesday the pun-laden Purrfect Date [$4.99] is now available in the App Store. Created by the two-person Bae Team and published by Bossa Studios of Surgeon Simulator [$4.99] and I Am Bread [$4.99] fame, Purrfect Date is "the ultimate crossbreed between visual novel, dating sim, and dark British comedy." You'll play as a human who travels to a place called Cat Island, which sounds like some sort of utopia to me, and you'll date a number of different types of felines in order to unravel some sort of crazy mystery. I don't know, it's a cat dating simulator, do you really need to know anything besides that? Here are two very musical and quite catchy trailers for Purrfect Date so you can get an idea of what it's all about...

Ketchapp releases so many games nowadays it's hard to even keep track. And on top of just releasing a ton of games, the vast majority of them end up breaking into the top games chart, sometimes just briefly but often for weeks or months at a time. It's truly remarkable. Anyway, their latest game, which launched on the sly with little fanfare or warning this past Friday, is called Flippy [Free]. It's a riff on those side-scrolling auto-run platformers that have you switching from the top of whatever surface you're running on to the bottom, where you're essentially running on the "ceiling" of the level. You do this to avoid hazards and as the game progresses things start moving awfully fast, making this an extremely twitchy experience...

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. Lots and lots of interesting updates this week, with some big free-to-play and paid games represented. We've got expansions, compatibility updates, seasonal events, and more. Like bug fixes! And other improvements! 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 you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

'Alto's Odyssey' from Snowman Is Finally Releasing on February 22nd, Pre-Order Available Now

Snowman’s Alto's Odyssey [] was originally supposed to launch in Summer last year. It was delayed to make sure it is as polished as can be and after some silence, we finally have not just a release date but also a pre-order for the long awaited sequel to Alto's Adventure [$4.99]. This is a standalone experience and you can go into it without playing Alto’s Adventure. There will be unlockable characters here with their own abilities and a relaxing mode called Zen Mode. This will remove all coins, power ups, and scores and just let you explore the endless desert...

Both of Tencent’s mobile PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds games have launched on the App Store in China. Last year Tencent announced that in addition to bringing PUBG to China through their own platform, they will be putting out not one but two official PUBG mobile games. When PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was picking up Steam on PC, I didn’t for a second think it would translate to games seeing gigantic successes on mobile in the battle royale genre but here we are. Out of the two games that are available on the App Store in China only right now, one is a more arcade take on PUBG with air and naval battles while the other is a more traditional PUBG game. Watch a behind the scenes look at the more traditional PUBG like game below:..

The Battle of Plytopia [Free] originally launched back in February of 2016, and originally under the name Super Tribes. Yes, a copyright claim prompted Swedish developer Midjiwan to change their game's name several months after its release, which is never a fun thing but they dealt with it in stride. All this time later I actually think the Polytopia name fits the game's overwhelming charm much better. But I digress. Upon launch, The Battle of Polytopia won over fans with its incredibly streamlined take on the turn-based strategy genre. Over the decades that genre has grown into something so complex it's not always easy for newbies to jump into, and that's where Polytopia came in, offering a welcoming hand to those who were intrigued but not prepared to overcome the learning curve of the genre's biggest titles. Beyond just being easier to grasp than many other turn-based strategy games, Polytopia was also built with mobile touchscreens in mind, and it showed. Everything was very clear to navigate and understand, which is impressive given that this is a typically information and menu-dense genre. ..

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