Category Archives: iPhone games

Last week we detailed a massive new update that's heading to Rocketcat and Madgarden's sublime Death Road to Canada [$8.99], an update they've dubbed the COCCYX update. It's set to add a fancy new currency called Zombo Points which you'll need to earn through actually playing the game (no IAP!) and can spend on buying new perks and abilities. It pretty much replaces the current perk progression system with something that's a bit more clear and similar to progression systems in other games. There are also lots of new characters being added in this update, and that's the focus of today's news piece as the developers have just released a new video showing some of those new characters in action...

Her Story made quite a splash when it came out and [$0.99] managed to make FMV games cool again by giving us a game with strong writing and acting, which apparently were often lacking from other FMV games in the past. Now, you can check out this great game for $0.99, its lowest price ever. It's hard to talk about the game without ruining it, but just know that you'll be trying to solve a mystery by putting together various pieces of the story while trying to pay attention to clues and discover the truth about the mystery at hand...




We've been excited for the release of Touchdowners [Free] ever since its first unveiling early last month. I mean, this is from the people who have made wacky physics-based sports games like Wrassling [Free], Dunkers [Free], and Golf Zero [Free]. How could I NOT be excited for their wacky physics-based interpretation of American Football? And as we learned a week ago, Touchdowners was all set for a June 22nd release. Except… it didn't show up in time for our normal weekly new games roundup, which I though was kind of weird, and we hadn't heard anything from the developers about when specifically it was releasing, which was also pretty weird as they usually send emails about everything. ..

Hello everyone, and welcome to Musgravian Musings, a little space of my own where I can do some non-review reflections on recent game releases. In general, the featured games are ones that have caught my interest in some way or another, and will tend to be games that I didn't (and won't) review. This time, we're looking at the handful of retro releases SEGA just put out under the marketing umbrella of SEGA Forever. SEGA had been planning this initiative for a while, so it's obviously something they put some thought into. I just wish that showed better in the end results...

Prolific gamebook developer Tin Man Games has done great work with their various ports and adaptations of Fighting Fantasy. When they first got the license, they stuck mostly to adapting the books as accurately as possible. After a little bit of experimentation in games like Appointment with F.E.A.R. [$2.99], they decided to go all out for The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$2.99], an adaptation of the Fighting Fantasy book that started it all. Going with a board game-style presentation and a new system of strategic combat, it's a great take on an old adventure. And now for the first time on iOS, you can pick up the game at a discounted price...

Classic Reload - 'Lost Treasures of Infocom'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where our minds are forever voyaging. In each installment, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the one most likely to be eaten by a grue, I try to choose a balanced selection of games to feature. If you feel like something cool is missing, please let me know. You can leave suggestions in the comments below. I can't promise we'll get to any suggested games soon, but they will be added to the master list for future consideration...

The App Store is like an awful b-list zombie movie at the moment, with classic games fading left, right and center at the hands of Apple's relentless 32-bit Appocalypse. While a number of titles have since been updated to 64-bit to stay around when iOS 11 rolls into town, the very nature of this new requirement for applications means a number of true classics will soon suddenly disappear, which is disappointing for the platform as a whole. Thankfully, one such cult iOS hit has today confirmed its continued presence on the App Store. As we first reported last week, Rocketcat Games and Madgarden's Punch Quest [Free] has been updated to bring it into compliance with Apple's 64-bit regulations, and the developers have also strongly hinted at later successive updates that could add features such as Apple TV support...

If you were hoping to attend BlizzCon this year, I've got good news for you. Blizzard has just announced that the Anaheim Convention Center brand-new hall is ready to accept visitors, so the conference will be expanding and with it the tickets available. So, if you didn't manage to get your hands on any tickets the first two days they went on sale (and they did sell very fast), get ready to once more try your luck on July 5th. Specifically, on Wednesday, July 5th at 7 PM PT, you can try and grab one of the $199 tickets (plus taxes and fees) to attend the two-day gaming convention on November 3rd and 4th...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$1.99] players were looking forward to getting the 2.5 update, which is coming today, but the developers just posted a note telling everyone not to update to 2.5 until further notice. Apparently, there's an issue with restoring purchases on the app, so if you do download the 2.5 update, you won't be able to restore all your previous DLC and will only be able to play the core game. It looks like the problem is on Apple's side, so there's nothing the developers can do about it...

Hearthstone's [Free] Ben Brode just announced some great card pack changes that will help you build a strong collection easier. Starting from the next expansion (but applying to all card packs in the game), when you open a pack that includes a Legendary, it will never be one that you already own; instead, it will be a a different Legendary card from the same set. What that means is you can go ahead and craft a Legendary without worrying that you might be unlucky enough to get that same Legendary in your next pack. Additionally, you will never get more than two copies of a common, rare, or epic card in one pack. Those two changes should help players build a strong collection faster and with less money, which is a great thing...

This War of Mine [$1.99], or as I like to call it the depression simulator, is a fantastic game that has continued expanding ever since it released two years ago. After the update that added playable children to the mix—because, you know, the game needed even higher stakes—today the game received the 1.5 Anniversary Edition update in celebration of two years since the game's global release. This new free DLC brings new characters to the game, new locations to explore, and—most importantly—a new ending that leads to a different outcome to the game. Who knows, maybe this time around you'll manage to bring peace on earth...

We are getting closer to the release of Clash of Clans' [Free] Builder Hall 6 update, and Supercell has started unveiling some of the features we'll be getting. Most importantly, we are getting two new units: the Night Witch, which you can get when you upgrade Builder Barracks to Level 8, and the Roaster. The Night Witch does ranged attacks that hit both air and ground units, spawns bats that attack both ground and air units, and will spawn into a swarm of bats once it receives fatal damage. The Roaster is a great defense weapon against the Night Witch and shoots flames up to 7 tiles away in burst fire of 15 shots. At Level 6, it does 16 damage per shot, hits air and ground units, and does splash damage...

Most of you probably know that the Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] Better Together update will add cross-platform servers and graphical upgrades to the game, but it will also add plenty of other fun features as it strives for parity between versions. Three of those features that will be added to the game are stained glass, books, and banners, with the first two being the most fun of the three. Banners are crafted from wool, can be placed either on the ground or on walls, and they make for fun decorations when you're making medieval-themed builds. Books and quills let you create books that you can add text to and are great for adventure maps...

I hope you're not afraid of spiders, because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a classic one called Spiders, Spiders Everwhere, which is, as you might have guessed already, all about spiders. This Brawl premiered back in 2015 and was one of the very first ones, although we've played it a few times since then. In Spiders, Spiders Everywhere, you get a deck full of Webspinners and random spells from your class. Webspinners' deathrattle gives you a random beast, so expect to have plenty of beasts in your hand, and so will your opponent...

After teasing something called "Sega Forever" this entire month, today Sega finally unveiled what the heck this thing is: Sega Forever is a new initiative to bring classic Sega titles to mobile devices, and the first batch of 5 games has just launched in the App Store today. On the surface, Sega Forever sounds great. The selection of games can come from any of Sega's game consoles from the past, meaning everything from the Sega Master System right up through the Sega Dreamcast. The games are released for free and supported with ads, but a one-time IAP may be purchased to disable those ads as well as provide offline saving. Finally, and perhaps best of all, is that all Sega Forever games will support MFi controllers, so those that own a physical controller can play these games the way they were originally designed, with physical buttons. ..

With the big Pokemon GO [Free] update going live, many players—including in our own comments section—were worried that cheaters would ruin the new Raid and Gym features, and it looks like Niantic is similarly worried and is, therefore, taking steps to cut down on cheating. According to an official reddit comment from Niantic Support, the company wants to stay true on its commitment to making the game fun and fair for everyone. So, starting today, and Pokemon you catch using "third-party" services will be marked with a slash in your inventory and may not behave as expected...

Hey, it's been a while since I've done one of these, hasn't it? I have no idea why, but a bunch of cool games are on sale right at this very moment. I thought to myself, "You know who really likes cool games on sale? TouchArcade's readers!", and here we are. There doesn't seem to be much of a theme or reason behind these sales, but there are some great games here that are selling for some of their lowest prices yet. Why not take a look? As usual, I'll try to link reviews where we have them available...

Card Thief [$1.99] is without a doubt one of the best iOS games of the year thus far, as Tinytouchtales managed to take the successful formula from Card Crawl [$2.99] and blend it with a load of peculiar stealth elements. The resulting amalgam was something that felt both familiar and intuitive, but also unlike anything that had been done before on the App Store, and it stood out even amongst the strong offerings of Apple's indie game showcase at the time. Hot off the tails of Card Thief's success, the developer has put their time into the next Tinytouchtales project in the form of Miracle Merchant. While we first heard about Miracle Merchant last September, the solitaire-style potion creating title has progressed significantly since this first glimpse, and is now looking for beta testers on our forum thread...

Point and click games hold a peculiar retro charm to many younger gamers, myself included. Growing up at a time where the emphasis within the industry was immersive environments, unbridled action and complete control amidst the ascent of the analog stick, point and click titles felt somewhat anachronistic in the twenty-first century. However, the App Store and the fantastic touch screen capabilities of the iPhone have emphasised the qualities of the genre to this newer generation, and such technology has been able to bring cult classics such as Beneath a Steel Sky [$2.99] and the Broken Sword [$4.99] series to a brand new audience. The Little Acre [$2.99] follows in the footsteps of these two point and click gems (especially as the executive producer Charles Cecil was responsible for both titles), and brings a beautifully hand-drawn world with an adorable story to the App Store. After an initial PC launch last December, The Little Acre has today finally launched on iOS, and for the bargain price of $2.99...

As we've talked about a few weeks back, Amazon Prime members have an easy and free way to support TouchArcade simply by linking their accounts to Twitch and, as Twitch Prime members, subscribe and support our Twitch channel for free. If that wasn't enough reason to go ahead and get your Twitch Prime subscription, Blizzard is now giving you another one. Apparently, more free Hearthstone [Free] loot will be coming soon to all Twitch Prime members, although we have no details on what that loot might be. The image that you see below implies free packs, which would still be welcome...

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