Category Archives: iPad Games

Well, it's been a journey, hasn't it? After many trials and tribulations and years of development, the award-winning board game 7 Wonders [$4.99 (HD)] is finally on the App Store, and it looks very promising. Just to give you an idea of how long this game has been in development, we wrote a story about it looking for beta testers more than two years ago and then again about 4 months ago. But nevertheless, despite the game taking more time to come to the App Store than it took to build the pyramids, it is now here, and it looks really good. 7 Wonders has won a ton of awards (its publisher claims it has won the most awards in the world) and has a ton of fans around the world...

Just a week ago we posted about a mobile game from NetEase called 荒野行动, which roughly translated to "Wilderness Survival," that had taken over the top spot in the Chinese App Store. Why was this a big deal? Well, Wilderness Survival is a darn near carbon copy of the unfathomably popular multiplayer battle royale game on desktop called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, aka PUBG. Ever since PUBG became the most played game in the entire universe over the course of the last few months, several companies have tried to catch a ride on its coattails by making a mobile version of the game. What was crazy about Wilderness Survival is that not only did it mimic PUBG to an uncomfortable degree, but it also came from NetEase, one of the biggest companies in gaming, not some little indie developer. Also, when it hit number 1 in China it unseated the then-current hottest thing in mobile at the time, the MOBA Arena of Valor. A pretty impressive feat...




I have to give SEGA some credit. One of the many points where I felt that the initial line-up of SEGA Forever titles was lacking was in the selection; they were all games drawn from SEGA's 16-bit platform, and only two of the games were new to iOS gamers. Subsequent releases have mostly stuck to Genesis games, plus a few updated versions of prior SEGA iOS releases. But the Genesis games in particular that have been selected are certainly eclectic choices that demonstrate an affection for the deeper cuts from SEGA's 16-bit library, and that's pretty cool. It reassures me that in spite of the numerous issues that have plagued SEGA Forever, the project is a work of passion. Because honestly, who else but a SEGA super-fan would choose to release something like ESWAT: City Under Siege [Free] ahead of better-known titles like Streets of Rage 2 or Gunstar Heroes?..

Today is a happy day for many mobile gamers. Why? Because it's the 5th anniversary of one of the most popular and successful mobile games, Candy Crush Saga [Free], a game that has earned more than three billion downloads and has been in the App Store's top 10 grossing apps for 16 quarters in a row. In other words, this is a game that has made a ton of money over the last five years. Here are some more crazy numbers for you. Candy Crush Saga and the other Candy Crush games have been downloaded over 2.7 billion times, over a trillion game rounds have been played, and every day approximately 72 thousand miles are swiped on the game. The highest score ever achieved is 1,999,259, 792 (definitely not by me), and the most popular time to play Candy Crush in the US is between 8pm and 10pm...

A few weeks back, we wrote about HQ Live Trivia Show [Free], the game from the creators of Vine that has players answering live trivia questions twice a day for real money. I've been playing the game ever since, and I've been seeing the game grow day by day. A week and a bit ago, the game had around 26 thousand players and a prize of (usually) $500, but yesterday the game had over 80 thousand players and a prize of $5000. The game is pretty simple. You have to answer 12 questions right in order to get a cut of the $500, but the live host and the live nature of the game makes it feel different than most other App Store trivia games...

The news that Niantic is developing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite made many, many fans of the franchise very happy but also made Pokemon GO [Free] players nervous. Many Pokemon GO players started complaining that the game is still lacking many of the promised features (trading, etc) and felt that the Wizards Unite announcement meant that Pokemon GO would be pretty much left as is, with no new features added. Niantic listened to all those complains and responded in an attempt to allay all those fears. After expressing their excitement about the Harry Potter news, the Pokemon GO developers stated that they are 100% committed to creating an ever-changing and growing game that helps players deepen their connection to the Pokemon universe and with each other...

Good news, Hearthstone [Free] Arena players. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, the nine Knights of the Frozen Throne Death Knight Hero cards will be leaving the Arena draft pool. The developers decided to go ahead and remove the Death Knight cards because while they are exciting card to play, they offer permanent upgrades that are hard to combat in a format where players have limited answers to such upgrades. So, they decided to remove them all together. This move comes as a bit of a surprise because over the last few weeks, the developers had stated that Death Knight cards were not much stronger than other powerful cards and weren't going to remove them from the Arena at this time. It looks like the many voices advocating for the removal won the day. Keep in mind that if you have Death Knight cards in your draft pool, you'll still get to play them until your run is done...

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. Something tells me that developers were caught slightly off-guard by the iPhone X's penchant for breaking apps. That 'something' is the positive deluge of updates for random apps that do nothing more than add iPhone X compatibility. Besides those, however, there were also some noteworthy content updates. 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!..

My interest was piqued pretty hard as I was perusing the app store a couple weeks ago, only to see a puzzle game that involved exploring an alien ship and solving the puzzles of its technology and the fate of mankind after encountering them. That premise, for a sci-fi junkie like me, along with those drop dead gorgeous screen shots immediately had my attention. And while I was expecting something more akin to Myst [$4.99], what I received was closer to The Room [$0.99 (HD)] series, but with several areas of puzzles (The Rooms?) and a more cinematic piecemeal mystery story interspersed throughout. And it was pretty darn great. This is Returner 77 [$3.99]...

With the monstrous success of Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch, it's no surprise that Nintendo would be crossing over their latest console hit with their mobile Mario offering Super Mario Run [Free]. I mean, that's pretty much their entire reason for wanting to make mobile games, right? To get you interested in their console stuff? The latest example of this cross-platform synergy is a set of new Super Mario Odyssey statues which will be available for free in Super Mario Run over a staggered bi-weekly release calendar which is already under way with this week's Wedding Mario statue. Basically, all you have to do is log into Super Mario Run before 11pm PST on November 14th and you'll receive the Mario Wedding statue in your Gift Box...

As far as endless arcade type games go, the first Dragon Hills [$2.99] was a fun and chaotic beast. Featuring a princess in a tower waiting for her prince to rescue her, a prince finds all the gold on a lower floor and just books it. The princess, apparently being great friends with the dragon that ‘imprisoned’ her (I assume as a favor so she could get a man), sets off after this jerk of a prince with blazing fury in her eyes, embodying old sayings about hell’s fury and scorned women. All while riding said dragon, who gets around by burrowing, jumping, and sliding through the hills. Rebel Twins have now returned with a sequel, and it’s more varied, more polished, and much stranger than ever. Welcome back to the hills. It’s Dragon Hills 2 [$2.99]...

The big World of Tanks Blitz [Free] tournament called Blitz Twister Cup is coming to an end tomorrow when four teams representing four different regions—Europe, Russia, Asia, North America—will clash in Minsk to see who will prevail by blowing up tanks. The finals are giving away some pretty good prizes, with 1st place finishers getting $15,000, but the road to Minsk wasn't easy. Players had to go through two group stages and beat many other teams to make it to the finals. The matches are played with teams of 7 players in a best of three format, with the final being a best of 7. Maps will be chosen randomly, and it will be interesting to see which maps end up hosting the final matches...

Despite being released every November on the App Store like clockwork, I'm a huge fan of the iterative improvements that Sports Interactive make in their Football Manager series. For a game that is so easy to essentially commit every waking hour to, the small changes in the series can make all the difference, and Football Manager Mobile 2018 [$8.99] seems to be no different. As a more basic mobile alternative of the management simulator on the App Store, the 'mobile' version of Football Manager has always struggled in comparison to the Football Manager Touch alternative on the iPad, but the addition of up to 21300 active players serves as a notable step forward from previous iterations. As well as the long-awaited inclusion of the MLS, it's clear SI are pushing Football Manager Mobile 2018 hard this year, and the game is finally available to download for $8.99 on the App Store today...

I'm probably not saying anything controversial by mentioning that like any other human, I have genre preferences. I obviously enjoy my superhero stories and flights of fantasy, and humor goes a very long way with me. I'm not that big on horror stories, however. Stories about ghosts and the paranormal have to work a little bit harder to get my attention. With that in mind, I wasn't sure how well I was going to take to Heart of the House [$5.99], a recent release from prolific gamebook/interactive fiction publisher Choice of Games. It's a Victorian-era story of the supernatural with a healthy dollop of mystery mixed in. While this isn't my usual cup of tea, the character development and overall high quality of the writing ended up winning me over...

If someone told you that there's a mobile game with Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, on the App Store, you would probably expect to find a basketball game, but Chef Curry [Free]  has nothing to do with that sport. Instead, the game relates more to Ayesha Curry's career rather than her husband's. Ayesha Curry has her own Food Network show and a series of cookbooks and cookware, so you shouldn't be surprised that the mobile game is all about running a restaurant. In Chef Curry, you have to race around the kitchen trying to prepare and serve all kinds of meals and keep the frantic kitchen under control..

The Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] series is probably the most ambitious and complex war games on the App Store, and now you can get them for a bit cheaper. Rome: Total War Collection will now let you grab Rome: Total War, Barbarian Invasion, and Alexander all for $16.99, which saves you some money, especially if you already have any of the games. And since Rome: Total War is going to get a phone version at some point soon, now is a good time to take the plunge. Rome: Total War was the base game originally that had you leading the Roman legions across a pretty long campaign and also taking the field against a multitude of enemies. If you have one of the bigger iPads, you'll really enjoy the tactical part of the game...

Although I don't watch Steven Universe much, I can always see how popular it is just based on the crazy amount of merchandising I see everywhere. Today, Cartoon Network decided to bring more Steven Universe to mobile in the form of Steven Universe: Dreamland Arcade [Free], a collection of arcade games starring different characters from the cartoon series. The game starts with Steven falling asleep in the Funland Arcade, and—as is usually the case in stories like this one—his imagination conjures an arcade world packed with games inspired by his many friends. The whole "it was all a dream" idea is always a great vehicle for stories like this one and enables the developers to stitch together ideas that wouldn't normally work well together...

Players in our community really like Zach Gage's Sage Solitaire and Really Bad Chess, so every time he comes out with a new game, our readers pay attention. Today, Flipflop Solitaire [Free], the sequel of sorts to Sage Solitaire, is out, and it looks like another interesting take on the classic card game. The twist in this one is that you can stack both up and down, but you can only move stacks of a single suit. These two simple changes to the rules change the way you approach the game and turn it into a Zach Gage game, where traditional rules are slightly tweaked to offer a whole new experience...

Ludosity's Card City Night is a very fun card game with cool mechanics and charm to spare, and now Card City Nights 2 [$4.99] is here to bring even more of what made the first one successful. Card City Nights 2 has reworked the gameplay system to make it even better and is bringing a brand new adventure that involves a mysterious flying city called Starship Frivolity (love the name) whose inhabitants are all into The Card Game. And, of course, you'll have to use that card game to find your place in Starship Frivolity as you go from city location to city location. The game comes with 200 cards, so there's already plenty of content to go through...

The South Park series has always been legendary amongst anyone who likes irreverent, offensive and ultimately hilarious cartoons, however it's only recently that the franchise has made a significant impact on the gaming industry. 2014's The Stick of Truth on consoles was a surprisingly deep and engrossing Paper Mario-esque take on the RPG genre, and this year's The Fractured But Whole kept up the euphemistic naming pattern while also receiving strong reviews from critics. As a result, it was inevitable that Matt Stone and Trey Parker's iconic animated sitcom would make a major appearance on mobile, and today the long-awaited South Park: Phone Destroyer [Free] has finally released worldwide on the App Store. Featuring some typically inappropriate PVP combat, Phone Destroyer has gone down well amongst our forum members in its soft launch, and looks to be a fitting mobile debut for the cartoon...

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