Category Archives: iPad Games

It's that extremely awkward period between Christmas and New Year where no-one really knows what to do with themselves, and so unfortunately the usual tsunami of iOS game news has slowed down to the size of a more modest ripple in the vast ocean that is the App Store. On the positive side of things, this gives everyone a chance to catch up on their sprawling iPhone backlog, and even try out some of the titles that went on sale over the holiday season, which we extensively listed in our big Christmas discount round-up. However, one particular 2016 gem slipped through the cracks - Rush Rally 2 [$1.99] has today gone on sale for the first time ever, and is now available for the ridiculous price of 2016. Yes, despite only being a 50% reduction, ridiculous is apt in this case - Rush Rally 2 offers such meticulously designed racing action that continues to get better with successive updates that $1.99 is a bargain for anyone looking to get behind the virtual wheel on their iPhone...

Hearthstone [Free] is using a portal to go back in time this week - specifically back to August - and bring the Party Portals Tavern Brawl back. This Brawl came out in the middle of One Night in Karazhan adventure and brought along some of the adventure's festive flavor. Party Portals fills up your deck with various portals that let you deal damage and summon a minion, heal and summon a minion, gain armor and summon a minion, buff a minion and summon another minion, add a random minion to your hand but reduce its cost, and summon a random Partygoer (you can check out all the Portals here). As you can tell, there's a lot of minion summoning in this one. I still love the fairytale theme of Karazhan, so I enjoy seeing cards like Red Riding Hood and Romulo hit the board...




My fondness for Blizzard's Diablo goes back decades when me and my brother battled through all those dungeons to take the final boss down. Those were good times, and realizing that this year Blizzard is celebrating 20 years of that fantastic game makes me feel quite old. The original game was released on December 31, and with that day fast approaching, Blizzard has decided to celebrate the anniversary by sprinkling in-game events and goodies in all its games, including Hearthstone [Free]. As to be expected, these events will only be around for a limited time, so make sure you jump in once they're live...

If you enjoy playing King Rabbit [Free] but wanted more levels, here's your chance to help with the game's upcoming level editor. As the developer, RareSloth, pointed out in our forum thread, the team consists of only 2 guys, so making enough levels to keep up with your voracious appetite has been a challenge from the get-go. For example, they would spend weeks building new levels only to have players complete them in a day or even less. So, they decided to turn the responsibility of making new levels to the players by making a level builder. The level builder will both offer more entertainment to players but also allow the developers to move to a new project while keeping King Rabbit alive...

Our 2016 Game of the Year 'Crashlands' is on Sale for the First Time Ever

When we posted Crashlands [$4.99] as our Game of the Year pick for 2016 this past Friday, I was really blown away by just how many people seemed to agree. We're sort of used to having dissenting opinions against the games we pick for features like that, which isn't surprising as "favorite" or "best" game picks are such a subjective thing. But it seems like just about everyone loves Crashlands! Well, if you're one of the people who didn't hop on the Crashlands bandwagon in 2016 but all the Game of the Year buzz has you curious to check it out, now is a pretty great time to do so as the game is on sale for the first time ever, down to just $1.99 from its already pretty darn reasonable regular price of $4.99...

Patches Good for the Meta (?), Card-Draw RNG, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #78

Welcome one and all to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly column on everything and anything Hearthstone [Free]. I hope you've been enjoying your holidays and your rest - if you've been lucky enough to have some of that. And, of course, I hope you've had the opportunity to play Hearthstone more than usual; if you have, then you've probably seen plenty of Pirate Warriors and, increasingly, our old friend, Mr. Midrange Shaman. As you can imagine, this past week (and a bit) hasn't been the most eventful in the world of Hearthstone, but there's still news to talk about and plenty of videos to watch. Without further ado, let's jump in then, shall we?..

2016 was a year that happened. Frankly, that's the best thing I have to say about it. But for mobile gaming, it felt like a transformative year. Nintendo finally got their feet wet on the platform. Supercell shook up the world with Clash Royale [Free] – and then we saw as it went through some uncharacteristic growing pains. And while I kind of felt like that 2016 perhaps wasn't quite full of quality games as 2015 was, going through the list of great titles released in 2016 should serve as a reminder that we live in a time of too many games. There are some games excluded from my list solely because I didn't have the time to play them. And I left off a lot of games that I did play that were worthy of mention. Even games that got five stars from me were left off! But I wanted to go by the ten games that were the most memorable and enjoyable experiences. Maybe in a review fashion, some games wind up as 'better', but recapping my year in mobile gaming, these ten games (in order from ten to one) are my ten favorites of 2016...

Rob's 10 Best Games of 2016 - Gotta Download 'Em All!

I've been following TouchArcade since the inception of the App Store back in 2008, and it's still somewhat surreal to see articles, reviews, and most importantly controversial hot-takes written by myself show up on the front page of the best mobile gaming website on the internet. I'm forever indebted to Eli, Jared and the crew for giving a relatively inexperienced university student the chance to write for the site and for making the last six months so enjoyable, as well as grateful to the community for reading and interacting with articles I've posted (and not pointing out too many grammatical errors along the way). However, the most fascinating part of becoming a games journalist is being able to experience one of the best calendar years for mobile gaming from a completely different perspective - having to discover and play new apps on my iPhone on a daily basis has given me an even greater understanding of the sheer strength of content that the platform has seen in 2016. After a lot of deliberation, here are the ten App Store releases that have been the most captivating and compelling over the past calendar year...

There was a time in the long ago when I wasn't churning out daily sales posts. It's hard to believe, but it's true. While we're certainly living in a post-2016 Christmas sale world, it's important that for some countries, New Year's is an even bigger event than Christmas. Japan happens to be one of those countries, so I suppose it's quite appropriate that one of the country's most beloved series is having a big sale before everyone settles in for an evening of watching the same old singers singing the same old tunes. Every last Dragon Quest game released on iOS is on sale. I'm not going to say you must buy all of them, but you ought to buy all of them...

'Empyrean' Review - Empyrean Rex

'Empyrean' Review - Empyrean Rex

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Empyrean [$5.99], one of the recent releases of prolific gamebook publisher Choice of Games, doesn't start off on a good foot. Major events are happening to your character before you can even get your bearings, and it feels like the story is telling you a lot more than it's asking you. It doesn't help matters that the game's primary setting, the dieselpunk-styled city of Actorius, has a lot of lore to explain. The whole thing comes on a bit too strong initially, and I had to force myself to push through it in the early going. Give it some time to unfurl a little, however, and Empyrean proves to be great fun. It's a pulpy thing, to be sure, but it's high-quality pulp. I ended up enjoying it so much that even though this is one of the longer ChoiceScript games I've played, the time seemed to fly by...

Shaun's 10 Best Games of 2016 - 'Imbroglio', 'Steins;Gate', and More

Well, this was quite a year, wasn't it, friends? Pokemon lit the mobile world on fire, Nintendo jumped in feet-first, headphone jacks courageously became a thing of the past, and the real world gave us a whole lot of reasons to escape to our hobbies. As usual, many of the biggest games of the year kind of came out of nowhere, but we saw a lot of established franchises make the rounds as well. Given my role at TouchArcade, I've probably played more RPGs and fewer non-RPGs than the rest of the crew, so I hope you'll forgive me if there are some cool things missing from my list. This was another satisfying year of releases all around, with a wide spread of indie gems and excellent ports to keep our fingers busy. Here's hoping 2017 will be just as great for gaming. In no particular order, here are my top ten iOS games of this year...

'Tis the season for sa- hey, wait a minute! That was yesterday! Well, as we saw last year, publishers can now set their sales to go live automagically, even while the App Store is frozen. A bunch of cool games have gone on sale since I did my last round-up, I figured we really ought to do one more. There's a fair few here, so you'll have to forgive me if this lacks the detail of my usual posts or recycles parts of a previous introduction, but one can only do so much at a time. Anyway, enough about that. On to today's sales highlights!..

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. In deference to the fact that it's the day after Christmas and that the App Store freeze slowed updates to a crawl, this one's going to be a short one, only highlighing a handpicked few. We should be back to our normal level next week. 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!..

'Tis the season for savings, especially for mobile gamers. As it goes every year, there are tons of sales happening right now in the App Store. So many, in fact, that it's getting to be impractical to do individual posts for games or even entire publishers. Therefore, until the tide subsides somewhat, I'm just going to do round-up posts that collect a bunch of new sales on games for each day. You'll have to forgive me if they lack the detail of my usual posts or completely recycle the introduction, but one can only do so much at a time. Anyway, enough about that. On to today's sales highlights!..

RPG Reload Special Edition - The RPG Reload 2016 Christmas Fireside

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the near-weekly feature where we talk shop about mobile RPGs of all kinds. Sometimes that involves a deep dive on a particular game, sometimes it's a play-along we all join in on, and other times it's just general talk about a particular aspect of the genre. Of course, as is our custom in the RPG Reload, the last two articles of the year are dedicated to celebrating the holidays. This week is our third annual Christmas Special, while next week will feature our third annual Golden Pancho Mobile RPG Awards. If you have any comments or questions, be sure to leave your input below the article, stop by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload...

Last year Nitrome released a very silly and clever puzzler called Silly Sausage in Meat Land [Free] where your goal was to stretch a freakishly flexible dog from point to point all while strategically avoiding various types of hazards on your way to each checkpoint. It was a lot of fun, and we really enjoyed Silly Sausage in Meat Land in our review. Well, the stretchy dog shenanigans were far from over as in September Nitrome announced a sequel, and as of this morning Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert [Free] is now available. Expect more crazy puzzling as in the first game, but with a truckload more sugary sweets. That's desserts, not deserts, for those keeping score at home...

The rumors were flying that Pokemon GO [Free] wasn't coming to the Apple Watch in the near future partly because Niantic was working on its own wearables. Well, apparently the first part of the rumor was false because an update that brings the game to the Apple Watch is currently making the rounds (keep in mind, these updates usually take a while to actually appear). The app will let you explore the world around and find those hidden Pokemon from the comfort of your wrist. You can also hatch Pokemon originally discovered in the Pokemon Gold and Silver games as well...

Just last week those sneaky folks at Noodlecake decided to squeeze one final release in before 2016 closes out when they announced that they'd be publishing a clever new puzzle platformer from Mantisbite Games and releasing it this week just before the iTunes freeze. Well, it slipped past the normal weekly roundup but that game Island Delta [$2.99] is finally now available. Island Delta sees you using a gravity gun not unlike the famous version from Half-Life 2 as you pick up objects, toss them about, and generally use your unique ability to solve various puzzles and work your way through an evil villain's vast facilities...

'Tis the season for savings, especially for mobile gamers. As it goes every year, there are tons of sales happening right now in the App Store. So many, in fact, that it's getting to be impractical to do individual posts for games or even entire publishers. Therefore, until the tide subsides somewhat, I'm just going to do round-up posts that collect a bunch of new sales on games for each day. You'll have to forgive me if they lack the detail of my usual posts or completely recycle the introduction, but one can only do so much at a time. Anyway, enough about that. On to today's sales highlights!..

A bit over a year ago, we got the PC classic Rollecoaster Tycoon 3 on mobile, and personally I had loads of fun with it. Now, fans of the classic franchise have another reason to celebrate because a new game called Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic [$5.99] has just hit the App Store, and it looks very promising. This new game combines the best of RCT and RCT 2, and it sounds like great fun. The game lets you build roller coasters either from scratch or using pre-made ones and also lets you design a whole park, including the food and drink stalls, transport, even the toilets and the scenery...

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