Category Archives: iPhone games

I've been dying to get my hands on Morphite [$7.99], the new action adventure title from developers Crescent Moon Games, Blowfish Studios, and We're Five Games, ever since I gazed upon its luscious low-poly environments when it was originally announced back in May of last year. It's been a long year and a half wait, but finally Morphite has landed its dropship directly onto the surface of planet App Store. Ok that was a super cheesy line but I don't care, Morphite is here! To coincide with the launch of Morphite on the App Store the developers have put together a brand new launch trailer showing the game in action, check it out!..

If you've been watching Hearthstone's [Free] esport tournaments, then you'll know that its latest big tournament had some big issues, including a laptop that froze and forced a rematch that probably caused pro player Luker to lose a series that looked his for the taking. These issues once more brought to the surface discussions around Hearthstone getting its own Tournament mode and the ability to save mid-play so issues like the ones mentioned above can be avoided. Blizzard responded to these issues by explaining how the playoff venues experienced multiple DDoS attacks but also admitted that equipment malfunctions disrupted the tournament. It went on to say that they are working on improvements for the next Championship Tour season, including reevaluating equipment requirements and venue capabilities. No word on a Tournament mode coming our way, though...




Yesterday was the day that iOS devices officially welcome ARKit and, hopefully, all the augmented reality wonders that will come with it, and we've been seeing some interesting attempts by developers at making augmented reality actually matter for their games. The just-released ARise [$2.99] (got it?) has you guiding a tiny adventurer across all kinds of platforms as you try and reach the top, retrieve the sacred sword, and awaken the monster. As you can see from the trailer below, the game has you moving your device around to change your perspective and find the right path. And the visuals are pretty nice and bright, which should make the game look good on your kitchen table or living room floor (and I can see kids really enjoying this)...

Finally, the big Better Together Minecraft [$6.99]update has gone live, and it has brought along a ton of new features. The biggest feature is the new cross-device play that unites Minecraft players across iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Xbox One, with Switch coming down the road (sorry, no Java version), so you can now play with friends across platforms. According to Mojang, this is the first game in history to go cross-device across these different platforms. I hope this is a sign of where the industry is heading and that we get to see more games follow this route soon. And to better take advantage of this new cross-device play, Better Together is adding huge new servers where we can all meet up and play...

'Drag'n'Boom' Review - Being the Khaleesi on Drogon in 'Game of Thrones'

Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] couldn't have come out at a better time because what better time to come out with a game where you're a dragon than right after a big Game of Thrones season where Drogon, the biggest of the dragons, got to burn quite a few people on the ground. And this game really makes you feel like a dragon, burning everything in your path and pulling off some really fun combos by, well, shooting your enemies again and again. The only thing missing from this game is a bigger enemy variety to fill the game's 50 levels, but even with the enemies it has, Drag'n'Boom is a really entertaining platformer that controls great and lets you feel like a bad-ass...

'Tales of the Tiny Planet' Review- A Refreshingly Simple Physics Puzzle Game

The App Store has come a tremendously long way since its humble beginnings in 2008. It was the first time that Apple had officially introduced the distribution of third-party applications on its platform. It was an exciting time and many developers were taking their first steps in exploring the possibilities of gaming on iOS devices. I can recall numerous games from this time that had extremely simple mechanics, yet their simplicity was their greatest strength. Since then, the App Store has continued to acquire an insane amount of games, especially in the physics puzzler genre. Physics puzzle games may have gradually become more complicated overtime, but Tales of the Tiny Planet [$1.99] hearkens back to the aforementioned era of physics puzzle games that were purely simple and fun...

Loyal TouchArcade readers, I have a confession to make - I deleted Pokemon GO [Free] from my iPhone a few days ago to make room for the likes of Thimbleweed Park [$9.99] and Iron Marines [$4.99]. As the self-appointed resident Pokemon fanboy, I'm sorry for letting you all down. That being said, it looks like I'll have to salvage the game from the confusing new iOS 11 App Store, as an awesome new Equinox event is scheduled to take place over the next week or so. From 1pm PDT on September 22nd until the same time on October 2nd, you can earn double Stardust for catching and hatching Pokemon, and some of the rarest creatures like Mareep, Chansey, Larvitar (!!) and more will be available in special 2km eggs. Registering new Pokemon will also earn you triple experience (so six times the standard with a Lucky Egg active), and new shop bundles featuring Super Incubators will additionally be available for purchase in the in-game store...

'The Witness' for iOS Will Be Releasing Very Soon

Well it looks like we finally will have The Witness on iOS devices. After months of teases, leaks, and more, a new Tweet from Kenzie Paulus, who is a Producer and Team Manager at Thekla inc for The Witness, has given us a new release window. The Witness is coming to both iPhone (as confirmed by the new Apple promo video) and iPad very soon. At first a lot of people including myself thought it would be iPad only given the nature of the game and how intricately the puzzles require your inputs. The Witness from Thekla is a very complex puzzle game that will melt your brain as you play more. I'm not kidding when I say you will start seeing puzzles from the game when you go outside and stare into the sky. It is my favorite puzzle game of all time, and I'm glad we finally will have it on iOS...

I've been patiently waiting for Minecraft's [$6.99] upcoming Better Together update to go live, and we finally know when it's coming out: tomorrow, Wednesday. The update, which will add a total of 34 new features to the game, has been in Android, Xbox One, and Windows 10 beta for some time now, and that beta has helped developers squash over 3000 bugs. The developers have provided an update with some of the latest additions to Better Together, and they sound great. We are getting coordinates (although still a cheat) that will allow us to navigate maps and Realms better, the ability to switch between Classic Crafting and the Recipe Book, and also the ability to make copies of worlds to keep as backups. And, as we've talked about in previous stories, we are also getting official servers, cross-platform play, stained glass, banners, fireworks, parrots, ravines, and more...

The Zombie Gunship series is a mobile classic, and today the series is heading into the AR future with Zombie Gunship Revenant [Free], a version of the game developed specifically for ARKit and iOS 11. The game's main concept is similar to previous iteration. You circle the battlefield below in heavily-armed helicopter gunships and use all your firepower to take out those poor zombies below you. Using ARKit, your house becomes the battlefield, and instead of moving the camera around to scout the battlefield, you move your device as if it was the gunship itself. If you have one of the latest iPhones and iPads, you'll enjoy even better visuals since the game uses Apple's Metal 2...

Out of all the amazing iOS games I've played over the past nine years, there is an extra special place in my heart for Solomon's Keep [Free]. Developer Raptisoft launched the game on April 2nd, 2010 which was the day after I officially began working for TouchArcade as a freelance writer. Its mixture of dual-stick shooting, RPG-like ability upgrading, and randomly-generated dungeons tickled all of my fancies, and I was bursting at the seams to write about it in an official capacity for my very favorite website. It was sort of like the culmination of my dreams coming true right before my own eyes. So write about it I did, and it ended up that my Solomon's Keep review was officially the third full review I wrote for this site and my fifth story overall during my first week working here. I've added more than 4,300 more stories for TA since those humble beginnings 7+ years ago...

It's a good time for those who like adventure games. In addition to the release of the fantastic Thimbleweed Park (which we really liked in our review), we also got the first price drop for Full Throttle Remastered [$4.99], the classic 1995 LucasArts game that puts you in the middle of a tale of "Motorcycles, Mayhem, and Murder." The game originally released for $4.99, but now you can grab it for $2.99, which is such a bargain for this game. To be honest, the price would be a bargain even if the game wasn't a remastered version of the original. But when you add new hand-drawn and 3D high-resolution artwork and remastered audio and music, well, definitely a bargain that you shouldn't miss out on if you enjoy the adventure games of old...

Words With Friends [Free] became one of the early ambassadors of mobile gaming when it launched 8 years ago, finding its way to the phones of many who wouldn't call themselves "gamers" at that point in time. To celebrate its 8 anniversary, Words With Friends continues its growth but this time around we are getting pop-culture inspired words that might make the language purists among you (or the older ones among you) cringe. We are getting words suggested by other players or ones that you hear about often, so expect to earn points for words like Delish, Queso, Bae, Bestie, Hangry, Smize, BFF, and many other ones most often seen on Instagram and Twitter rather than dictionaries. We can start debating what makes a word a word or whether TFW should be in a Scrabble-like game, but the fact is these words are extremely popular and are slowly making their way into official dictionaries. So, I think they are fair Words With Friends game...

Aftermath [$2.99] is a very atmospheric dual-stick zombie shooter that's near and dear to my heart, and I'm so thrilled to be reporting today that this incredibly niche little game has received iOS 11 support in its first update in nearly four years. This probably ties with Rogue Touch as the most surprising updates in my collection. Anyhoo, we first talked about Aftermath way back in March of 2010 just after it launched, when our own TouchArcade co-founder Arn reviewed that version of the game. Boy, our review process sure was different back then! ..

As you probably know if you've ever walked around a mall or a Target, Minecraft [$6.99] merchandise is definitely not something you have to look hard for. There are all kinds of clothes, toys, LEGOs, all inspired by the massive hit that is Minecraft. I didn't think there was space for more Minecraft toys until I saw the upcoming Mattel Minecraft Hot Wheels cars, which look pretty amazing and inventive. Bryan Benedict, one of Mattel's designer, talked about the upcoming toys and explained how he was inspired to turn the game's popular monsters into vehicles...

The big Hearthstone [Free] nerfs are upon us. The 9.1 update, which comes bearing the nerf hammer, has officially dropped onto the App Store, so make sure you know how some of your decks might have changed before playing another round. If you don't remember exactly which cards have changed, the changes are as follow: Innervate gives you only 1 mana crystal instead of 2, Fiery War Axe costs 3 mana (up from 2), Hex costs 4 mana (up from 3), Murloc Warleader gives +2 Attack to your Murloc instead of +2 Attack and +1 Health, and Spreading Plague now costs 6 mana, up from 5. The developers talked about the reasoning behind the nerfs, pointing out how they didn't want to move these Basic cards to the Hall of Fame, like they've done with Classic ones, since Basic cards serve different purposes in the game. There are more details about the changes here...

'Thimbleweed Park' Review - It's Not Over Til The Weird Uncle Sings

With around a half century behind the video game medium at this point, it's clear that it is taking after other forms of entertainment media in at least one point: no idea that was ever bankable will stay dead forever. Genres wax and wane, creators leave their beloved IPs and return, companies collapse and get bought up by the next ambitious up-and-comer, and franchises thought to be rendered toxic by a low quality installment or five can spring back to life with incredible force. You can't stop this train we're on, even if you wanted to. Like many other genres, point-and-click adventures were declared dead a long while back, a condition which never really stopped them from going about their (substantially reduced) business anyway. It's not that they ceased to be released altogether, but it's certainly arguable that changes had to be made to accommodate survival. If you liked them just fine the way they were? Well, you were out of luck...

Naga Sea Witch, Nerfs, Death Knights and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #112

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of everything cool that happened last week. The most important news is that we are getting some important nerfs that should change the effectiveness of some powerful decks, although we'll have to wait and see their actual effect. We also got some fun Hearthstone competitions, a great article on designing Death Knights, and some fun videos. I'm glad to see the developers take relatively quick action and give us some nerfs that will hopefully help balance the classes a bit better. The team has been guilty in the past of waiting too long before nerfing cards, so I'm glad to see this wasn't the case this time around. Let us begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'TypeShift', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Warlock of Firetop Mountain', 'Dashy Crashy', 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. This was a really exciting week for 64-bit updates, with games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Baldur's Gate 2, and Lunar all getting much-needed jolts of life among many others. Besides those, there were also some very nice updates along the regular, content-granting lines. I've picked some of the best to feature here. 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!..

Turn-based tactical role-playing game Warhammer Quest: The End Times is rocketing toward its October 19th release date. Between now and then Perchang, the makers of the game, are looking for some intrepid beta testers to get in there and find any remaining bugs before the big release. The original, Warhammer Quest [$2.99], is without a doubt one of the gems of the App Store, especially if you're a fan of the genre, so I have high expectations for the sequel...

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