Category Archives: iPad Games

Pokemon GO's [Free] developer, Niantic, has been steadily pushing the game to be more than just entertainment. We've had all kinds of attempts at bringing communities together, and recently another such effort was announced. Niantic will be challenging the youth of Boston to create new PokeStops around the city in an effort to push students to explore their communities and to promote civic advocacy. The challenge will run until August 18th, and it should be quite a fun way for young Bostonians to explore the city while playing Pokemon GO...

A few weeks back, Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] announced it would be doing "Twitch Drops," free content offered to players who link their Bethesda account with Twitch and then watch streams. Initially, the announcement didn't draw a lot of attention, but from what I've been hearing from players, this new way of promoting the game has been quite effective since everyone likes free stuff, and watching a stream (even on mute) beats grinding to get enough gold to buy packs. The drops at the moment are 600 gold (which get you 6 packs at 100 gold each), a random legendary card, or enough soul gems (the equivalent of Hearthstone's dust) to craft a legendary. In other words, these drops are nothing to look down upon and are definitely not cosmetic things...




Hit MOBA 'Honor of Kings' Labelled As "Poison" by the Chinese Government, as They Threaten a Further Crackdown on Online Games

Even though the PC and MMO sector of the industry is comfortably the largest in the world and worth over $12 billion, video games are a relatively nascent concept in China. Consoles were banned until 2015 in the East Asian country, and despite China's formidable eSports reputation and booming social network gaming scene, the government is still grappling to control the unprecedented and uncontrollable popularity of many mobile MMO titles. Honor of Kings is one such game, and with 200 million players since its 2015 release that results in the title making up to 40% of Tencent's total mobile games revenue, it has proved to be a runaway hit in China thus far. However, amidst legitimate fears of children becoming addicted to such massively online releases, the Chinese government has this week labeled Honor of Kings as 'poison' in the state-run People's Daily paper, and has threatened further action against Tencent to crack down on the influence such games have over vulnerable young gamers...

Ben Brode's AMA, Quest Rogue, Lich King, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #105

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern everyone, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We put together the best stories and videos from last week, and it was a pretty good week. Knights of the Frozen Throne, the next expansion, is rapidly closing in, and even though we didn't have any reveals this week (they start on the 24th), we still had some expansion-related talk. There was also Ben Brode's informative AMA, Caverns Below nerf, a silly Lich King ad, and much more. And, of course, plenty of fun and informative videos. Now let's all try and push July to move faster so August, and the expansion, arrive. Long live the Lich King...

'RuneScape Mobile' and 'Old School RuneScape' Announced for iOS and Android With PC Cross-Platform Play

RuneScape is a game that needs no introduction - ever since it redefined the Massively Multiplayer Online RPG genre upon its release in 2001, Jagex's fantasy opus has captivated an entire generation with its immersive yet accessible adventure action. Over the past few days, the developers have been teasing a major announcement for the now sixteen year old title, and today it has finally been revealed that an optimised mobile client for the current RuneScape, as well as the Old School retro alternative, will both be available for iOS and Android devices in 2018 and Winter 2017 respectively. Best of all, the mobile iterations of RuneScape will support cross-platform play, so you'll be able to take your battle-worn protagonist from the PC games with you seamlessly on the go...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Altered Beast', '868-HACK', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Survivalcraft 2', 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. It's quiet this week. A little too quiet, if you ask me. I've found some interesting ones, but if you're counting on this article to get you through your morning, I'm afraid I've let you down this time. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

In reality, two years isn't a particularly long time. However, in the rapidly moving maelstrom that is the App Store, 24 months is essentially an era in itself, especially when what can seem like all-encompassing fads such as Flappy Bird or Pokemon GO [Free] can come and go in a matter of weeks. As a result, it's great to see Brickies [Free] finally be updated for the first time since June 2015, especially amidst the ominous signs of the impending 32-bit Appocalypse...

Ticket to Earth [$1.99] has been received quite well, with its most important accolade being the highly coveted TouchArcade Game of the Week, and now you can get it for $1.99, its lowest price ever. Ticket to Earth plays out on a grid, with you and your opponents taking turns either moving, attacking, or taking other actions. The tiles come in different colors, and you'll have to be matching them as you move across the board; longer matches give you bonuses, and different color tiles give you different abilities. While it does use a match-3 mechanic, the game is much more than just that, so don't let images of another Candy Crush clone scare you away. This is a very different game, and you can see that from the trailer below...

Devious Party Game 'Triple Agent' Set to Release July 20th on the App Store

While there are a few exceptions, tabletop games generally fail to captivate me in the same manner as actual video games on devices such as the iPhone and iPad. However, Werewolf, Mafia and all the derivations of the party group game formula that result in you deceiving those closest to you and severing all life-long friendships always go down brilliantly with lots of people, even if the multitude of elements can lead to some sessions going somewhat off the rails. The upcoming Triple Agent aims to address this age-old issue, as developer Tasty Rook has married the exciting formula from the aforementioned party games to create a rather impressive looking product. I can't wait to show Triple Agent to my Werewolf obsessed friends, and the developers have today announced that the game will launch on the App Store for free on July 20th...

The entertaining Crash of Cars [Free], the real-time multiplayer game inspired by .io games, continues to grow, and the game's latest update has added plenty of new content. We got a water park update recently, but now we got something very different. First of all, the game got a new Castle-themed map, which includes catapults (of course) and even a gladiator battle arena. The new arena is definitely an appropriate addition to game that's all about going medieval on each other with every chance we get. The update also added 7 new cards, including a couple that were designed with the medieval theme in mind...

Despite their intriguing stories and clever use of IPs, Telltale's games have been a mixed bag on iOS primarily because of technical issues. While most of the series were either fine or at least playable, Batman: The Telltale Series left a pretty bad taste on players' mouths because it was pretty close to unplayable on more than one instance. Well, I'm glad to say that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] (from now on Guardians of the Galaxy) plays just fine on my iPad Air 2, despite a couple of very brief—but unobtrusive—stutters. I don't know if this means Telltale has tinkered with the engine enough to make it work well or Guardians of the Galaxy was just less demanding than Batman; what matters is that Episode 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy should play fine on most of your devices. I will be reviewing the whole series, so expect the review score to change as more episodes release...

RPG Reload Glossary - The Origins of Action-RPGs

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we fight by slamming our bodies into things. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we get all up in fussy semantics, history, and other things that polite society will shun us for. Having covered both social RPGs and tactical RPGs in previous installments, we now turn our attention to perhaps the most popular and hard-to-define sub-genre of RPGs: the action-RPG. You can expect this one to be another three- or four-parter, as trying to do it all at once would require some keen editing, and that is not a thing that I am good at. In today's installment, we'll be looking at the origins and early years of the genre, loosely covering the 1980s. Let's get ready to rumble!..

Just last week we posted the newest trailer and release date for Card Monsters, a card battler from developer Mu77 that's been in the works for quite some time and is hoping to revolutionize the genre on mobile by paring down battles to 3 minutes or less. Well, as promised, Card Monsters: 3 Minute Duels [Free] indeed hit the App Store globally today. Besides its quick matches, Card Monsters also boasts a simplified deck building system where you'll choose just 8 monster types and 8 item types out of a total pool of 450 cards. The monster cards can be leveled up giving them an upgraded status, new skills, and even new card art. In addition, all the monster cards can be augmented by equipping them with items, hopefully offering a nice variety of tactics and strategies for every player. ..

Bullet hell shmup Phoenix II [Free] is a really fun game, and it has continued growing ever since it came out. To celebrate the game's first anniversary, the developers will be releasing the 3.0 update on Thursday, July 27th, which will be adding plenty of new features to the game, although not all of them have been announced yet. The first new feature is an update to the game engine to support the 120 FPS of the new iPad Pros, and I can't wait to see how a bullet hell game like Phoenix II looks at 120 FPS. The developers claim that the upgrade makes the controls more responsive and the action more fluid. We've been wondering whether game developers would take advantage of this technology, and I'm glad to see them starting to do so...

Get ready some plenty of madness and craziness as the monthly Chaos Arena returns to Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] tomorrow, July 14th. The Chaos Arena is a special event that changes how the game plays and makes for some fun times. There are randomly selected scenarios and lane conditions that make your PvP matches pretty entertaining and a nice change from the usual PvP modes. The scenarios can force players to switch decks, start with 3 additional magicka (which can really change how a deck plays), or spawn different creatures in different lanes...

Lanota [$0.99]  is a clever blend of a rhythm game and adventure story, and you can get it for free today in celebration of its first anniversary. Lanota has received quite a few awards these last couple of years, and for good reason. The game is all about an alternate reality where the world is lost in a colorless silence, and it can only be rescued through the use of the Notalium, an object that comes from the era prior to the events that covered the world in silence. The Notalium resembles a plate, and you use it to play the rhythm parts of the game...

We learned back in May that Austrian developer Mipumi Games was bringing their hit narrative adventure The Lion's Song to mobile sometime in July, and then about two weeks ago we learned that the specific release date would be July 13th. And then I woke up today and looked at the calendar and it said July 13th, and sure enough those rascals at Mipumi weren't lying, as The Lion's Song [$4.99] is now available in the App Store. This four episode adventure takes place in early 20th century Austria and follows the story of four characters who work in the arts and science fields and the struggles that go along with it. Each episode focuses on one of the characters, with this newly-released fourth episode tying them altogether and wrapping up the whole story. Here's a brand new The Lion's Song launch trailer...

We are all probably pretty used to official movie-based mobile games by now, with the vast majority of them being pretty bland or quick money grabs. Luc Besson's sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is coming out July 21st, so today we got Valerian: City of Alpha [Free], the official (and free) iOS and Android mobile game. Valerian: City of Alpha is a "strategic builder simulation game" that has you creating, growing, and managing your own space station, crafting space ships and getting the appropriate crew, and then exploring the Valerian universe all around you...

Pokemon GO [Free] continues to grow both in terms of features and in terms of opportunities to play the game with others in public, and today the developer unveiled some more information about Pokemon GO Fest Chicago and Safari Zone events and an emphasis on players working together. Specifically, on July 22nd players in Chicago's Grant Park will be able to participate in three Challenge Window activities, which require players to work together to catch certain types of Pokemon. During that time, players outside of Chicago can also participate in the event by catching as many Pokemon as possible during the Challenge Windows to increases the bonuses unlocked by those at the Fest. If players around the world catch enough Pokemon, a mystery challenge will be revealed at the Chicago Fest, and that one will have the potential to unlock an even bigger bonus for players across the world...

I've been involved with the wild ride that is the iOS gaming community for some time now, and I'd like to think that not much can really surprise me at this point. However, upon my customary morning glance of Appshopper to hunt down the hottest deals to share with our lovely readers, one price drop in particular did manage to leave me speechless. Framed 2's [$4.99] highly anticipated release only a few weeks ago has been one of the high points for mobile gaming so far in 2017, and in our review we adored Loveshack's sequel to its incredibly stylish puzzler, as it made huge strides to improve on the original title. However, just under a month since its launch to much aplomb, Framed 2 has today gone on sale for $0.99, which is a true App Store bargain if there ever was one...

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