Category Archives: iPad Games

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 an odd assortment of games this week, mostly free-to-play. Nevertheless, there are plenty of goodies to be found in the bunch, and I've gathered up what I think are the best of the bunch. 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!..

It feels strange to type this, but Square Enix has removed almost the entire Chaos Rings series from the App Store, apparently never to return. From the entire series, only Chaos Rings 3 remains available for purchase. Those aren't the only games they've removed, either. Long-broken releases like Song Summoner, Drakerider, and others have also been taken down from the storefront, though they're all still accessible through your purchase history if you've already bought them. The removal of those games stings a little less since they've been non-functional for years now, but the Chaos Rings games only recently started having issues as of iOS 9. They're still fairly popular games, so it's surprising to see Square Enix throw in the towel on them...




World of Tanks Blitz [Free] has been releasing updates quite frequently in recent months, and although not all of them are substantial, they do show that Wargaming.net intends to continue improving the popular multiplayer game. Update 2.10 has brought improvements to the newly-introduced Training Rooms, such as personal invites, team scores, and more. The update has also added Seasonal Milestones - special credits and XP bonuses for any Tier II+ tank you've had in your garage for a certain number of months (3,6,9,12 and so on) - and has reworked Rockfield Map to expand the playing area by reducing some of the mountains...

'Lost Frontier' Review – Dang Near Perfect, I Reckon

Mika Mobile. I have a certain fondness and emotional connection to these guys. Back in 2011, I had just started my career as a mobile game critic. Working for a different site, I had the pleasure and privilege of playing and reviewing the Android version of Battleheart [$2.99] as one of my most early pieces of work. We’re talking second week on the job here. I have grown leaps and bounds since then, and so has Mika Mobile, upping the ante to the incredible Battleheart Legacy [$4.99]. Now they’re breaking into a new genre for the studio, and while I would say it isn’t as strong as the Battlehearts, it really is great. This is the weird west turn based strategy, Lost Frontier [$2.99]. Saddle up, folks. This one is a doozy...

Never Alone: Ki Edition [$4.99] is a game that seems to set out to do at least two things. First and foremost, it's trying to deliver an atmospheric puzzle-platformer game. It mostly succeeds at that, though it certainly makes a few mistakes that we see fairly often in this sub-genre. Never Alone also seeks to educate the player, at least a little bit, on the folklore and culture of the Inupiat people, and in this aim, it's a considerable success. The game doesn't force any of this on you, but rather focuses on the core gameplay and stunning visuals. It's an enjoyable game on those terms, but if you choose to delve into the extra content, you'll be able to appreciate Never Alone in a new light...

'Tormentum – Dark Sorrow' Review – Enthralled by Darkness

The App Store gods have been kind to my weird self this year, first with the gloriously twisted adventure tale of I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, and now with another point and click adventure that is just wrapped in brutal art within a bleak world and some moral quandaries that leave you thinking.Tormentum – Dark Sorrow [$4.99] is an absolutely gorgeous powerhouse of an adventure game, and it is objectively incredible in many ways, even if it doesn’t appeal to your subjective tastes as hard as it does to mine...

Kairosoft, the extremely prolific developer of simulation games like Game Dev Story [$0.99], is almost as unpredictable with its release schedules as it is predictable with its game designs. One of its recent trends is releasing the Japanese versions of its games at the same time worldwide, something that obviously doesn't help much if you can't read the language. While they used to just update the Japanese app with added languages, the developer has recently taken to releasing separate international versions after a period of time has passed. The latest game to get that treatment is Station Manager [$5.99], a train station simulator...

While Level-5 isn't exactly a household name themselves yet, they've been involved in the development of many well-known titles. From homegrown franchises like Professor Layton, Yo-Kai Watch, and Inazuma Eleven, to collaborations like Dragon Quest 8 [$19.99] and Dragon Quest 9, they've gained quite a successful reputation over the years. They're no stranger to mobile gaming, either, though most of their smartphone games have only seen releases in the Japanese market. So far, we've only seen Layton Brothers Mystery Room [Free], Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free], and Liberation Maiden [$2.99] internationally. Hopefully, that will change, because it looks like Level-5 has some big plans for mobile...

RPG Reload File 082 - The Banner Saga

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we add a piece to our banner with each game played. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the harsh light of today. It's a chance to play some old favorites one more time, to see how a game settled into the iOS landscape over time, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the Mr. Miyagi of this particular dojo, I decide which titles we wax on about from week to week. I try to keep things fairly balanced, but if you feel like there's a great game I'm missing out on, please let me know. You can do that by posting in the comments below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Faily Brakes [Free]has been one of my favorite endless high-score games since its original launch in February. Part of that is that it's fun and challenging to careen out of control with no brakes and deftly avoid running into trees, traffic, trains, and more as you cruise for that high score. The other part is that when you fail at that task, there's something twisted and fun about launching your poor driver right out of that vehicle as you slam into something and watching him or her fly through the air in slow motion crashing and bashing into objects ragdoll-style. Yes, losing is almost as much fun as winning in Faily Brakes. Which makes the forthcoming update so exciting as now you'll be able to launch your helpless character and enjoy those spectacular slow-mo crashes with them wearing a panda costume! That, along with a variety of other silly costumes, two new environments, and new vehicles will be hitting Faily Brakes next Thursday...

'Human Resource Machine' Review - Sine of Greatness

Any video game which attempts to include educational elements has to run a very fine line or risk alienating a significant proportion of their potential userbase. Make it too simple and people who already understand the concepts will likely not find any enjoyment - however if it’s too difficult, it may be too overbearing and tedious for the average gamer to pick up. Most of all, however, it has to be an enjoyable experience, and Human Resource Machine [$4.99] manages to provide something for everyone while being a deceptively difficult yet rewarding initiation into coding...

If you've ever seen any of those crazy all-legendary Hearthstone [Free]decks and wished you had the dust to build one yourself, this Week's Tavern Brawl will fulfill that wish. Cloneball has you picking a class and then throws four copies of a number of random Legendaries in your deck alongside a 0-cost card caused Offensive Play that makes the next Legendary you play (and all its other copies in your deck) cost 3 less. As you can imagine, this is a very entertaining but very random Brawl that is bound to please those with few Legendaries in their collection and probably irritate those who hate RNG...

Are you still playing Miitomo [Free], or are you one of the many who've left their little Mii character neglected, locked up in his or her own home, wearing the same clothes for the last few months? Well, Nintendo is hoping that no matter how close you've been with your Mii recently, you'll be diving back into the game to enjoy some Zelda-themed items as part of a The Legend of Zelda E3 2016 promotion. The promotion comes in 4 parts and is mostly based on Twitter users retweeting Nintendo's tweet about the promo. If it gets more than 10,000 retweets until June 13th, your Mii can claim Link's new hair wig; more than 20,000, and you get Link's new hair wig and green Link wig...

Paradox Interactive is mostly known for its complex strategy games covering wars and situations both real and imagined. Its most famous series in that vein is probably Europa Universalis, but Paradox shepherds several successful strategy brands, including both internally developed titles and games where they act only as a publisher. Their latest iOS release brings one of their more popular strategy brands to the platform, but in a very different form. Hearts of Iron: War Stories [Free] is a spin-off of the World War 2 strategy series Hearts of Iron, which originated on Windows PCs in 2002 and just saw its most recent release a few days ago. Instead of the familiar tactical gameplay fans know and love, War Stories is a gamebook. You're no grand commander, but rather a young recruit to the British RAF. If nothing else, it's a change of pace for Paradox, and it shows...

It isn't a proper release day on the App Store if a Kairosoft game doesn’t drop now and then. Skyforce Unite! [Free] is the newest in their long line of simulation games and appears to be rather left field for Kairosoft’s standard, with the game presenting a bizarre amalgamation of a traditional RPG, a card based fighter, and an airplane collection simulation...

You may not love the free to play "games as services" model, but one thing that it does allow is a more constant revenue stream which can enable the steady flow of updates over months and years that we've come to expect from our mobile games. Bad Piggies [Free / Free (HD)] originally launched as a paid title much like its sibling Angry Birds, and despite one freebie promotion way back in 2013 it's remained that way ever since. However, that one-time dollar entry fee seems to not be covering Rovio's ambitions of keeping the game constantly updated, so today they've rolled out a huge version 2.0 update to Bad Piggies along with a price switch down to free. ..

Back in December of 2014, a heavily old-school-inspired CRPG named Dungeons of Chaos was released for the iPad. A passion project from solo developer Volker Elzner, Dungeons of Chaos was meant to replicate the experience of classic computer RPGs from the '80s like Ultima and Wizardry, and for the most part he succeeded with that. However, one big negative with the original Dungeons of Chaos was that it was built in its own engine so wasn't quite as platform-flexible, and being an iPad-only game it left a lot of iPhone players out in the cold. Well, since that original release, Elzner has taken to completely rewriting the game for the much more flexible Unity Engine, and the results of that effort Dungeons and Chaos Unity Edition [$3.99], which launched over the weekend. ..

Vblank Entertainment's Retro City Rampage DX [$4.99] is a charming ode to 1980s pop culture. What started as an 8-bit demake of Grand Theft Auto eventually mutated into a tribute to NES games, movies, TV shows, and more. While its reach occasionally extends beyond its grasp in some of its parodies, it certainly does an excellent job at its original purpose, which was to create a retro-flavored take on Rockstar's seminal action series. While the controls take a little adjusting to, the mobile version of the game that arrived in March is a fine port that includes all of the things that made the game a hit elsewhere. It received our Game of the Week award and managed to coax four whole stars out of the villainous Carter Dotson in his review. That's a half-star more than he gave your favorite game...

Hello, gentle listeners! This month we've got an exciting episode of the RPG Reload Podcast for you, as it happened to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the featured game, Dragon Quest [$2.99]. Eric Ford and Andy Fretz spent the last month playing through one of the most important JRPGs in history for the very first time, while I replayed it for... well, let's not count, okay? By now, regular readers and listeners probably know that I still think highly of the game, but how did it turn out for my co-hosts, who don't have the benefit of nostalgia? You'll just have to listen and see...

Just a few weeks ago we talked about the limited soft-launch of a new mobile fighting game in the BlazBlue series, and although the planned worldwide launch was all set for June 8th, BlazBlue Revolution Reburning [Free] snuck out early around the globe over the weekend. While the initial trailer and info we had on BlazBlue RR led us to believe it was a 3v3 swipe-based fighter similar to Injustice [Free], Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], that's not exactly the case. ..

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