Category Archives: iPad Games

Kobolds & Catacombs, the latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, is finally live in NA and EU everyone, so go start opening decks and buildings decks. You will venture into a huge underground world that Kobolds have mindlessly carved over thousands of years. Treasures await you but so do all kinds of monsters, perils, and construction that isn't up to code. Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone's seventh expansion, adds 135 new collectible cards to the mix, all revolving around those silly Kobolds and their candles. The expansion adds a new keyword, Recruit, which summons a random minion from your deck and will be fun to play around with. We are also getting Spellstones, spells that can be upgraded if the player fulfills specific conditions, and, for the first time, Legendary Weapons...

Critical Ops [Free] has solidified itself as the "Counter Strike" of mobile since its release in October 2016. It has continued to foster an extremely loyal fan-base while bolstering a respectable eSports scene. There seems to be tournaments around every corner, as well as several other opportunities for competitive mobile gamers to challenge (or flaunt) their skills against other players. However, one of the common complaints seen/heard within the Critical Ops community is the game's small number of maps. Luckily, a new update has emerged today that brings a whole new map, friend chat, tutorial changes, spawn changes, and crosshair fixes to the game...




Here I am doing my weekly deep dive into the inner depths of the App Store to scrounge up all the new games for our weekly roundup, and I just happened to notice that Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] is available right this minute in the App Store despite it being scheduled to go live tomorrow. Hey, I'm not complaining! For those unaware, Reigns: Her Majesty is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed original Reigns which had you ruling a kingdom and making life-changing sociopolitical decisions like you were swiping for a date on Tinder. It's freaking awesome, and this sequel not only has you playing as a Queen this time around (which you probably could have guessed from the title) but it also adds tons of new features and elements to really supercharge the original game's mechanics...

HQ Live Trivia Game Show [Free] continues to grow at a rapid pace, so rapid actually that the developers are struggling to improve the huge lag that has been frustrating players. Still, the iOS app has seen a 100 times increase in players over the last month or so, so it makes sense that the developers' next step is to bring the game over to Android. And it looks like the Android version is coming before Christmas. The developers tweeted that HQ has a nice little stocking stuffer coming the Android way, and since you don't stuff stockings after Christmas, the app should be dropping within the next two weeks and a bit...

It's been a long journey, but as promised back in October the latest chapter to the stylish puzzle adventure Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise [$4.99] has just landed in the App Store. Originally launched way back in October of 2015, Agent A is an escape room-style point-and-click adventure that has you playing as the titular Agent A as you try to apprehend the enemy spy known as Ruby La Rouge. The game has an awesome '60s-era spy style and plenty of clever puzzles to solve, and we enjoyed it a lot in our original review. About the only thing we didn't like was how abruptly it all ended, but developer Yak & Co rectified that issue by releasing a new chapter entitled Chapter 3: Ruby's Trap in December of last year, and then retroactively splitting the original release into two separate chapters to fit their episodic structure better. That paved the way for today's release of Chapter 4 which is entitled A Narrow Escape...

It's almost time for Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone [Free] players, and the patch that prepares the ground for the expansion has just gone live. While you won't really say any changes right now, you can get excited about all the new cards and the Dungeon Run mode. The new patch notes give us a taste of the new quests we are getting in the game. For instance, we are getting a repeating daily quest called Spelunker that gives you a 1 Classic card pack for defeating 5 Dungeon Run encounters, an incentive for people to play Dungeon Run for more than just fun. The update also adds a reconnect countdown when your opponent disconnects, a useful feature for mobile...

For anyone who has played developer Bennett Foddy's landmark release QWOP [$0.99], you'll know that it's a game that makes the simple act of running into an unimaginably difficult endeavor. Back in October, Foddy revealed his newest game called Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy through that month's Humble Bundle, and it took a similar approach to challenging players to do basic movements using extremely difficult mechanics. This is a game for the masochists out there. Today, an iOS version of Getting Over It [$4.99] has arrived, and it is a total hoot. You play as a man sitting in a metal cauldron holding a sledgehammer-type tool, and your only means of moving is to use the sledgehammer to push yourself off of whatever you can find to lunge yourself forward. The goal is to climb a rocky landscape that would be difficult for even the most able-bodied person to climb, and is basically impossible for this cauldron-bound gentleman. Check out the trailer...

Pokemon GO [Free] continues to grow in fun ways, and the game's next update will change things up considerably. First of all, 50 more Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are now available to catch, with even more Hoenn region Pokemon arriving in the coming weeks. Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip and many more are running around the world waiting to be caught (kind of sad, isn't it when you think about it?). Even more interestingly, the new update adds dynamic weather that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at, and this dynamic weather is more than just cosmetic...

Blizzard has been diversifying its Hearthstone [Free] pre-expansion push in all kinds of interesting ways, and after giving us things like the Critical Role episode the other day, today it's putting on a Kobolds & Catacombs Escape Room live event starring some popular personalities like Trump and Day9. The participants will have to escape a custom-made Kobolds & Catacombs if they are to claim King Togwaggle's gold. I'm very curious to see how Blizzard went about designing the various puzzles that will try and stop the team from busting out in time to get their hands on the gold. I expect fun shenanigans in this novel idea...

If you're looking for a collectible card game that offers something different from games like Hearthstone and Magic, you might want to check out Runewards [Free], which has just released worldwide (outside China, though). Runewards takes inspiration from Gwent, the PC-only card game inspired by the Witcher 3, and by doing so offers a fresh take on mobile card games. The basic idea behind Runewards is you play against your opponent in a best of three matches, and your goal is to have more points than your opponent at the end of each round. Even if the game was just about that, it would be different enough from other card games to warrant your attention...

Minecraft [$6.99] is getting ready to celebrate the holidays by giving free stuff to everyone. Starting December 21st and for 12 days after that, Minecraft will have a free present for you every day on the Minecraft Marketplace. The first present will be a Noxcrew offering called Ready Sled Go!, a mountainous sled slalom perfect for the holidays and great for taking on your friends. Mojang will advertise the presents on Twitter, so either keep an eye on that or just jump into Minecraft once a day to make sure you grab your free present. Free stuff's great after all, so why leave it on the table?..

Red Hook Studios’ Darkest Dungeon [$4.99 (HD)] is pretty damn amazing. You can read our review here. Having originally launched on PC platforms and then ported to PlayStation platforms before iOS, it seems like DLC is going to follow the same pattern. Red Hook Studios commented on the DLC for the iPad version in a blog post about a newly announced DLC titled The Color of Madness. While this has no announcement for pricing or date, we do have confirmation that both The Crimson Court and Shieldbreaker are in development for iPad now. Watch the trailer for The Crimson Court DLC below:..

Kobolds & Catacombs Card Reveals, Dungeon Run, The Darkness, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #119

Hello everyone, and welcome to the last Touchstone Tavern prior to Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs release. Finally, we're only a few days away from a ton of cool cards joining the game, and I (and many others) can't wait to start building all sorts of fun and silly decks (and, occasionally, some strong ones). As you would expect, last week's news was all about the expansion and the many new card reveals, but there were also some other fun happenings (like the Critical Role episode). Also, only a few days left before we get the Dungeon Run mode, the new single-player mode that will give players even more to do in-game. Overall, the upcoming expansion appears to have awoken the community from its relatively slumber, and that can only mean good things for the game.It's a good time to be a Hearthstone player...

Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs expansion is almost upon us (3 days from release at this point), so most of its cards have already been revealed. However, there's plenty of them we still haven't seen. That's being remedied as we speak. Game Director Ben Brode and streamer Day9 are currently livestreaming a ton of card reveals in a marathon stream, so if you want to see more Kobolds & Catacombs cards in action (they are running all kinds of crazy Kobolds decks), watch the stream embedded below. If you're the kind of a person who prefers surprises, then avoid the stream because you only have to have patience for a few more days until the expansion is revealed...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'Cat Quest', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Disney Crossy Road', 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. Tis the season for holiday updates, and we're already starting to see a bunch of them. There are some other great updates that fall outside of that pattern, though, and I've tried to pick the best of the bunch. 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!..

Capcom Just Released Monster Hunter Stories on iOS and Android in Japan

Capcom just released their recent Nintendo 3DS title Monster Hunter Stories on iOS and Android in Japan. Monster Hunter Stories is a spinoff from the mainline Monster Hunter franchise. Instead of playing as a hunter, you play as a rider here and the game is a turn based RPG that has been developed by Marvelous. The iOS platform isn’t a stranger to Monster Hunter because Capcom ported Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$14.99] a while ago but this is a recent title that has made its way to both iOS and Android. It is available for 1900 Yen in Japan right now. Watch the trailer for it below:..

'Football Manager Touch 2018' for iPad Review - The Best Just Got Better

Football Manager Touch 2017, Sports Interactive's classic football (soccer for some of you) management game, was one of my top 10 games of the year despite some serious technical issues that led to plenty of crashes. Those issues aside, though, the game was a fantastic and deep sports management game that had no equal on the App Store. Enter Football Manager Touch 2018 [$19.99 (HD)], the latest in the series. FMT 2018 sticks to what made FMT 2017 so great—a more accessible version of the PC version of the game but deeper than the handheld one—and makes little changes that go a long way toward making the game easier to play on a tablet. With an improved UI and the same addictive gameplay, FMT 2018 is another jewel of a game that I will spend too many hours playing...

A few days ago we wrote about Riddlord: The Consequence [$3.99], a game that looked a lot like The Room in that it has players manipulate objects in 3D space, and now that game is out. Riddlord has you solving three-dimensional puzzles in some really good-looking environments as you try and navigate an intriguing storyline that interweaves fictional characters with real stories about unsolved crimes (and everyone knows how much people like real crime stories). The Riddle Master has created some devious puzzles, and you'll have to solve them as you explore the meaning of reality and a world where dream and life are hard to tell apart. In other words, there are some complex ideas in Riddlord...

If you're a fan of Clash Royale [Free], eSports, or just like in your spare time to watch people play games, you should tune into the Clash Royale Crown Championship, taking place this Sunday, December 3rd, in London. This is the conclusion of Clash Royale's first-ever official global esports competition, so it should showcase the best players in the world. You can of course watch the stream live on the various streaming services, as long as you don't mind waking up at 5am ET (if you live in the US) that is. We will have boots on the ground during the event, so expect much more coverage during the weekend...

HQ Trivia [Free], the live quiz game by the co-creator of Vine, continues to grow like crazy. When I first started playing the game only a few weeks back, I had to compete with around 20 thousand other players; just the other day, I had to do so against over 200 thousand players, a pretty explosive growth for a game that has used no advertising other than word-of-mouth and the clever referral system (you get extra lives for getting other players to sign up). In an interview on 9to5Mac, Rus Yusupov, co-founder of HQ Trivia, talked about how they made the game captivating and how the design gets players more into the game...

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