Category Archives: iPad Games

As most of you probably know, it's tough covering the onslaught of new mobile game releases on a daily basis. We do the best we can to be as thorough as we can when we put together our weekly new games lists, but inevitably there are games that launch after that list is posted or over the weekend which I try to group lovingly into a "leftovers" pile on Mondays and sort through to see if there's anything interesting that we missed. Today I came across an email sent to us over the weekend from Lemondo letting us know that their PS4/Steam/Wii U multiplayer platform arena shooter WinKings [$4.99] had made its way to iOS. I hadn't heard of this game before but the videos looked pretty awesome, as you can see in their launch trailer for the desktop and console version...

Hit Japanese Social RPG 'Fate/Grand Order' is Coming to the American App Store This Summer

It's pretty likely that many of our readers have never heard of Fate/Grand Order, or even the Fate series in general. What started with a risque PC visual novel quickly became a huge franchise spanning anime, manga, novels, and games. Some of those products have been released outside of Japan, but the franchise on the whole retains a somewhat low profile in the West. Very dedicated TouchArcade readers, however, might have seen this game's name in a recent story about top-earning mobile games for Q1 2017, where Fate/Grand Order was sitting in the number two position overall, just behind Monster Strike and ahead of games like Game of War, Clash Royale, and Pokemon GO. Amazingly, it's found that level of success without even releasing outside of the Japanese App Store. Well, this summer, Fate/Grand Order is looking to expand its reach with a release in the US...




Hello everyone. Normally you would be reading our Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup today, but because Easter weekend got in the way, we'll be publishing the weekly column tomorrow instead. It's been quite the week in the world of Hearthstone, so we'll have plenty of stories and videos to talk about. With the expansion and the Standard rotation mixing the meta up and most players still trying to figure out what they should play, the game is in an enjoyable state of flux that comes only right after an expansion drops. I don't know about you, but I've been having fun trying to put new decks together or, occasionally, throwing cards into a deck and seeing what sticks...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'Plague Inc.', 'Lara Croft GO', 'LVL', 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. Business appears to be picking up? Or maybe I'm just noticing more this week in my now-ritual sweeps of the UPDATOSPHERE. It is a dangerous road to walk, fraught with bug fixes and optimization tweaks, I tell you what. 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!..

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the first (only? WE'LL SEE) Musgravian Musings. I figured if Andy Fretz gets his own Zone, Tasos gets his own Principle, and Carter can Crater all day long, I could do a sort of editorial column of my own. But rather than share strong opinions on the issues, what I'd like to do is to use this space to do some short non-review reflections on recent game releases. In general, these will be games that have caught my interest in some way or another. They'll also tend to be games that I didn't review in the first place. I'm going to kick things off by taking a look at two of the biggest recent releases, Card Thief [$1.99] from TinyTouchTales and Death Road to Canada [$7.99] from Rocketcat Games...

'Sunless Sea' Review - A Brilliant Journey in a Dark, Fascinating World

When I reviewed Falibetter Games' Fallen London some time ago, I talked about how much I enjoyed the dark, twisted, yet also funny world the writers have created; it's not every day you journey through a London realized in an intriguing Victorian Steampunk aesthetic. While that literary RPG was great in terms of content and ideas, the app itself had huge issues that, unfortunately, kept players away. I'm glad to say that Sunless Sea [$9.99 (HD)], Failbetter's sequel of sorts to Fallen London, works pretty much like a charm on an iPad, and that made playing it much more enjoyable than Fallen London simply in terms of it actually working as it should...

For years, Kemco has been nothing if not consistent in their slate of published games. They've been a mobile gamer's one-stop shop for budget JRPGs, largely filtered through the lenses of four separate developers, each one doing as much as they can with as little time and as few fresh assets as possible. To be fair to the company, there's a demand for those kinds of games and not many are rushing to fill it on iOS anymore, with the way things have shifted in the market towards free-to-play social games. But even the most ravenous of niches can hit a saturation point if you push hard enough, and it almost feels like Kemco was intentionally looking for that line. Perhaps they finally found it, as 2017 has seen the publisher branching out in more new directions than they had in the previous four years combined. Yodanji [$2.99] is the latest fruit of those labors, and like its similarly-minded stablemate Djinn Caster [$4.99], it's quite good...

The idea of a team that needs to not only work together on a human level, but literally form a construct that's bigger than themselves is fascinating. The most obvious example is probably Voltron, but even something mechanical like Transformers'  Constructicons had to form Devastator. It's a seemingly timeless concept too as nearly all of these tropes have returned, from the new Voltron Netflix series to the Power Rangers film reboot. Quantum Revenge [$2.99] tries to tap into that wizardry in the form of a twin-stick shooter, but doesn't really hit all of the same notes...

We wrote some time ago that singer and actress Ariana Grande was coming to Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free], and now apparently Dangerous Ariana, the character created after the singer, is returning to the game. Starting today, players of the game can acquire Dangerous Ariana by completing the Dangerous Woman Tour event. Players will also be able to get pieces of equipment designed specifically for the Dangerous Ariana character. While you can get the character by completing the event even in easy, you can also play a new elite stage if you want a stiffer challenge than usual...

As has been the case with recent tournaments, Blizzard is giving you the opportunity to pick a champion and win free packs. More specifically, the Hearthstone [Free] Collegiate National Championship is drawing to an end, and you can pick a champion to root for. Every time that champion wins and progresses in the tournament, you get a free Mean Streets of Gadgetzan pack. Pick wisely, and you can get a few packs; pick the ones I usually pick, and you'll get one measly pack. Remember that once you make your selection, you can't change it; you're doomed to live with it, so pick wisely and carefully...

I find it appropriate that Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] is at its lowest price just in time for Easter. After all, the Romans did have quite a bit to do with the origin of this religious holiday, so it's only fair. The game is usually at $9.99, but now you can grab it for $6.99, which is an absolute steal for a game as big and as ambitious as Rome: Total War. The game has been expertly ported to tablets and works pretty much like a charm on your touchscreen. The controls are good, the visuals are great, and in general, you have no excuse not having this game on your tablet if you're a strategy game fan...

In recent months we've seen all kinds of interesting takes on the MOBA genre, and the just-released Warlord Strike 2 [Free] is following that trend by trying to mold the typical MOBA experience into a more exciting PvP experience. As you can see from the trailer below, Warlord Strike 2 moves away from lane-based, minion-dominated gameplay and focuses, instead, on hero-to-hero slaughter (I meant honorable fighting). You have plenty of heroes to choose from, each with their own abilities that will take time to learn and master. I like games that you can dive in and play (lose) immediately but that have plenty of depth to discover for those who really want to spend time mastering characters and skills...

I sometimes forget how huge the mobile gaming behemoths have become in just a few years, and then I read Candy Crush Saga [Free], Moschino, and Coachella in the same sentence and remember. Apparently, Candy Crush Saga is partnering with Moschino, the Italian luxury fashion house, to create what's called a "capsule collection," a collection of products one would need if they were going to festivals like Coachella. While the swimsuit and backpack might not be your style, it's quite fascinating to consider how big and popular some mobile games have become. And I'm not sure you could afford any of these items since the backpack retails for $650, the swimwear around $300, and the phone case for $70...

Fruit Ninja [Free] was one of those early classic mobile games that most of us got to play at least for a bit. I still see people playing it, although mostly the young ones, and have often seen people use it as a gateway drug of sorts to help people familiarize themselves with mobile gaming. Apparently, the era of the drone has enabled people to turn the venerable game into a real-life event; all that was required was a drone, a huge razor, and plenty of fruit. As you can see in the video below, YouTuber Giaco Whatever decided to put life and limb at risk to offer us a glimpse of both Fruit Ninja in real life but also of the terrifying future that awaits us...

Well, that came a little quicker than expected, didn't it? In yesterday's story about the latest update to Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free], we brought word that the game would soon be getting a cross-over event with the characters of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Surprise! It's here already. Now is your chance to recruit Alm and some of his most trusted warriors to your team...

Survival Runner 'Zombies Chasing My Cat' Shuffles Onto the App Store April 27th

Nine years of eagerly following the growth and development of the App Store as both a gaming fan and a journalist has taught me one indispensable lesson: if a title has any sort of reference to cats, it must be excellent. Case in point - Mousebot [Free], which received our coveted Game of the Week award last Friday, featured a nefarious feline antagonist; unequivocal proof that cat-related titles are all collectively beyond criticism. My personal bias towards everyone's favorite pet companion may be coming through rather strongly here (in other words, don't fill my inbox with subpar cat games), but Thumbspire's upcoming release Zombies Chasing My Cat appears to be the next title to support my hypothesis. Through an interesting amalgamation of numerous iOS tropes, including the auto runner and zombie slaying genres to name but a few, Zombies Chasing My Cat could be a purr-fect timewaster, and is set to launch on the App Store on April 27th...

Over the past week or so, London has been spared of the typically bleak English weather - essentially dark, dismal clouds, chilly temperatures and perpetual rain, if you're lucky enough to be unfamiliar - and has instead been blessed by beautiful sunny spells. Hopefully readers from around the globe are experiencing similar improving outlooks as we slowly creep towards Summer, and what better way to celebrate such heat waves with a brand new Kairosoft skiing game! In fairness to the Japanese developer, the alpine season is still in full swing over the Easter period, and nothing is better than propelling yourself down a mountain in the glistening sun. Shiny Ski Resort [$4.99] also looks like a radical iOS simulator - with the typical Kairosoft formula of building a hotel supplemented by some neat skiing mini games, this latest title appears to hijack the developer's downhill descent of late, and is available to download for $4.99 today on the App Store...

RPG Reload Glossary - The Early History of Tactical RPG Video Games

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where RPGs are as easy as A-B-C. Last month, we tried out a new style of article called the RPG Reload Glossary. It was conceived as a way to talk about specifics of the genre, define certain things, and occasionally even answer questions, all without the need to focus on one particular game. For the debut, I opted to go for a direct definition. This month, I'm going with something a little more vague, but I hope you all find it interesting nonetheless. If you have any topics you'd like to see covered in the future, you can let me know by posting in the comments below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Remember all those people playing Pokemon GO [Free] last summer? All those players you had to avoid while driving? According to a study published recently in the journal Media Psychology, all those players were happier and friendlier than those not playing Pokemon GO. The study wanted to look at how augmented reality games might benefit players' psychological well-being, so it focused on Pokemon GO, since it's the most popular AR game to date. The study looked at 399 US adults aged 18-75 about three weeks after the game went live and found that the game created positive emotions and nostalgia (probably nostalgia for the time when you would play outside of your bedroom)...

In what shouldn't be news to most, mobile games continue to grow and are easily the dominant category of apps in terms of monetization on both the App Store and Google Play. According to a Sensor Tower analysis of Q1 2017, 80% of the App Store's gross revenue comes from games, while in the case of Google Play that number goes up to over 90%. Worldwide mobile game installs on both the App Store and Google Play went up around 15% from the same period last year. In terms of revenue, Monster Strike reigns supreme on both the App Store and Google Play, with Clash Royale [Free] coming second in the App Store. Pokemon GO has dipped below thetop 10 on the App Store but not Google Play. Fire Emblem Heroes made it to number 10 on Google Play, with more than 75% of its overall revenue coming from Japan...

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