Category Archives: iPhone games

If you were an iOS-only gamer following Capcom's Ace Attorney series, things probably got a little confusing with Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies [$0.99]. Why did it seem like Phoenix Wright was coming back to his job from a long time off? Who is this Apollo guy that takes up a third of the game? Wait, Phoenix has a daughter? What's up with that? I'm not sure why Capcom decided to give mobile players the fifth game in a series before the fourth one, but they've finally decided to fill that gap. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney [$0.99] is a beautiful remaster of the original game which, up until now, was exclusively found on the Nintendo DS. While the graphics aren't polygonal like Dual Destinies, they were originally rendered at a much higher resolution than the Game Boy Advance sprites that were redrawn for the Phoenix Wright Trilogy. It's also, for various reasons, generally not as well-liked as most of the other installments in the series. Nevertheless, it's safe to say that if you enjoyed your time in the courtroom in previous Ace Attorney games, you'll want to show up to the stand here, too...

'Gadgetzan' Best & Worst Decks and Cards, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #75

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This past week, the topic that dominated was - of course - the new expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. The expansion, which arrived with a quickly-fixed bug, has been so far quite positively received and people have been having fun experimenting with silly decks. It looks like Blizzard has designed a strong expansion that should rejuvenate the game. Of course, we've heard this story before, so we'll have to be a bit patient before crowning Mean Streets a success. After all, maybe in a couple of weeks a super-powerful deck will emerge that will spoil everyone's fun. So far, though, so good. This week's Touchstone is all about the expansion, so step right through the door...




Update Mondays: Demon's Rise 2, Sky Force Reloaded, Sonic Dash, Hearthstone, 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. Thankfully, things picked up a little last week, so we've got a pretty healthy list of updates to look at. The Christmas and holiday updates are starting to roll in, as well, so we should have a couple of good weeks to look forward to before the freeze takes effect. 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!..

One game that has been very popular in our community but has flown mostly under the radar since its release in June is The Counter of Death [Free] from developer Curlking. This twitch reaction game has you facing off against an onslaught of foes by countering their attacks which leads to you automatically launching an offense of your own. It's done very simply by either touching the giant upper counter button or lower counter button, and paying close attention to your enemy's motions prior to their strike is key to being successful. For such simple mechanics, The Counter of Death is a surprisingly strategic game, and made even better by its fantastic presentation that mimicked old-school kung-fu movies to a T. ..

Colorful Platformer 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire' Hits the App Store

Back in March during GDC, I was fortunate enough to check out a very promising upcoming platformer called Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire. I had never heard of the game before, nor of developer PlayPretend, and they didn't have an appointment to meet with us or anything like that. They had heard we were at GDC and simply tracked us down and we were able to squeeze in an impromptu demo between meetings, and it ended up being one of my favorite games I saw at the conference. I love conferences like GDC precisely for those unexpected moments when some super awesome game just comes out of the woodwork. Anyway, about a month later PlayPretend released two new videos showing off more of Le Parker, but things had been awfully quiet since then. However, just last week the developers popped back up on our forums to announce that Le Parker was under review with Apple, and just a few moments ago Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire [$2.99] officially went live in the App Store...

Power Hover [$2.99] is reaching its one year anniversary on the App Store, and since its initial release, the developers have gone all-out in continuously updating their hoverboarding opus with more and more major additions that have greatly improved on the already impressive base game that was well received back in December 2015. Considering the game has remained resolutely premium in its monetisation throughout the past twelve months, it's great that Oddrok are continuing to build on Power Hover. On December 8th, the next 1.7.0 update is slated to launch, and could be the biggest yet for the game. With a new chapter, levels, and a wide variety of other additions and improvements, there's a lot to look forward to in this upcoming content update, and the developers have released a teaser gif to demonstrate what's in store for Power Hover next Thursday...

Last night the Game Awards for 2016 took place in Los Angeles, and distributed a whole host of accolades across various platforms and mediums, even including fan created games and an eSports award. Despite a heavy emphasis on console gaming, there were a few mobile games nominated for numerous categories across the night, and against opposition from critically acclaimed releases such as Fire Emblem Fates, Ratchet and Clank, and even the stunning slashing iOS RPG Severed [$3.99], Pokemon GO [Free] managed to pick up the awards for 'Best Mobile/Handheld Game' and 'Best Family Game', the latter of which trumped a whole host of console releases to take the trophy. Similarly, Pokemon GO also triumphed in the same 'Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year' section of the Golden Joystick Awards, which is the UK equivalent to the Game Awards ceremony, as well as also winning the 'Innovation of the Year' accolade. Such universal recognition of Pokemon GO's impact on gaming is a fantastic thing for mobile gaming, and emphasises how the augmented reality craze managed to permeate the mainstream like nothing else over the summer months...

Submarine Simulator 'Silent Depth' Finally Submitted to the App Store, New Trailer Released

Winter 2016 has seen a lot of games which have seemingly been in development forever finally be released. The Last Guardian, the sequel to cult classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus is finally seeing the light of day on PS4 next week, and Final Fantasy XV has launched to immense relief from fans who have been waiting for ten years for the latest entry in the franchise. While it may not have as powerful brands behind it as these two releases, Silent Depth has been lurking in the sea of our upcoming games forum since October 2013, and despite numerous periods of radio silence, the submarine simulator has finally been submitted to the App Store, and a new trailer has been released to demonstrate how the game has progressed over the last three years...

Minecraft [$6.99] has been arguably the most influential game of the past decade. Whether it's the crafting and mining mechanics, the emphasis on survival or sandbox gameplay, or even just the sheer online connectivity that Mojang's flagship title has utilised to such devastatingly popular effect, there's no doubt that the reverberations from the block-building behemoth have greatly impacted gaming, and likely will continue to do so for a while. Even though iOS received its iteration of Minecraft rather late (and a severely limited version, at least at launch), its omnipresence on the iTunes charts emphasises its impression on the platform, and games such as Junk Jack Retro [$2.99] are direct results of such an influence. Featuring an incredibly well done 2D take on the sandbox building formula, Junk Jack Retro (and its later sequel now confusingly titled Junk Jack [$4.99]) developed a cult following amongst the mobile community, and for good reason. To celebrate the new game's desktop release, Junk Jack Retro is available for free for a week, and definitely worth giving a go if you haven't tried the series before, or have been living under a rock for the past five years...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 003 - Kepa Auwae from RocketCat Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Kepa Auwae of RocketCat Games. Things get pretty zany here, so pack your sense of humor, friends...

If you haven't been watching, the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs from Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion came with an unintentional bug that made the drop rate of tri-class cards higher than intended. Well, Blizzard has just announced that a hotfix has been rolled out to all players on the Americas server at 2:30PM PST, and that should correct the issues. Any player on the Americas server who opened Gadgetzan packs prior to 2:30PM PST will receive additional packs as compensation. If you were one of those affected, you will receive 33% of the total amount of Gadgetzan packs you opened prior to 2:30 rounded up, regardless if you got the packs using gold, real money, or from quests. If you bought the 50-pack bundled and opened all of the packs before 2:30, you'll get an additional 17 packs...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] has been adding new characters frequently, and this time around we are getting Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans. As producers Josh Austin explained, Medusa won the poll that the developers conducted over the summer, so it looks like the players really wanted her in the game. She's designed to be a support character that can also cause damage while healing the team, if you know how to play her that is. Her hair appropriately can shake the board up by generating health, gaining additional AP, causing damage, or even swapping random tiles and stealing any swapped enemy special tiles. In other words, she can be a pain. Her abilities are all about messing with the opponent's tiles and turning the battle around all by herself. The Queen of the Inhumans is available starting today...

Those who've been following my articles on Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] know what feature I've been patiently (and impatiently) waiting to see come to the game, and we are finally getting it in the upcoming 1.0 update, or The Ender Update. Yes, we are finally getting the original soundtrack, and I can't wait for it. It will be a separate download, so if you don't have the space you shouldn't worry about it. The iconic Minecraft music is for me one of the best parts of the game, and I'm very excited to finally have it in MCPE. The Ender Update is bringing much more than just the music, though. We are also getting The End, which makes the game a "complete loop" as the developers call it...

Okay everyone, time to walk the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan because Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion has just released in the Americas (it will release tomorrow in Europe). There are now 132 brand new cards for you to get your hands on, and some of them are quite fantastic. A few quick words about the expansion first. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan puts you in the middle of a clash between three crime families running Gadgetzan, the Grimy Goons (Hunter, Paladin, Warrior), the Kabal (Mage, Priest, Warlock), and Jade Lotus (Druid, Rogue, Shaman). Each of the families plays differently with the Grimy Goons buffing minions in your hands, the Kabal using all kinds of crazy potions, and the Jade Lotus using stealth and the ever-growing Jade Golems to take down the opposition. There are also the Tri-Class Cards, neutral minions that can only be used by one family...

'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney' Hits the App Store

We're just mere moments away from our usual "Out Now" post, but I figured the arrival of Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99] was worth it's own little heads up. For those keeping score at home, Apollo Justice is the fourth game in the beloved Ace Attorney main series, though it doesn't actually star everyone's favorite ace attorney Phoenix Wright. No matter though, as our own Shaun Musgrave notes in the original announcement of this iOS port, "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is both important to the overall story of the series and still a pretty awesome game in its own right." Just over a week ago the release date for Apollo Justice was announced, with iOS hitting right now and the Android version coming just one week later...

Don't Grind [Free] is a silly game, but silly in the positive sense of the word. We really like it here at TouchArcade towers, and it's no accident it was our Game of the Week. Something about trying to keep those poor vegetables, sweets, or whatever from dying at the blades of the huge buzzsaws is endearing, especially because the physics work great and make the game feel good. The game has just released a funny video to celebrate 2 million players, so we thought it would be a good time to write about this developer blog that talks about the game's origin and all the development decisions that went into making it. For instance, the developers wanted to have gore and screaming in the game but made sure it was more on the funny than horrifying side. That's why you won't see red-colored blood or any little animals falling into those buzzsaws...

Yogg-Saron hasn't always been everyone's favorite Hearthstone [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods card; something about a ton of random spells blasting all over the place irked those who hate RNG. The card has been nerfed a bit but is still a powerful one, and in this repeat Tavern Brawl its RNG spell effect is back to make your Brawl, well, unexpected. In Servant of Yogg-Saron Tryouts you pick a class and get a deck full of random minions. Every time you play a minion, a random spell is cast. That spell might hit your side of the board as easily as the opponent's side, so play minions wisely. If you don't like RNG, well, pop in, get that pack, and run away as fast as you can...

'Exiled Kingdoms RPG' Review - Chop 'til You Drop

I usually try to stay on top of the various RPGs that come out from week to week, but every once in a while, something good slips past. Fortunately, the TouchArcade forums are pretty reliable about finding the things we happen to miss, and that's just how I came across Exiled Kingdoms [Free], a surprisingly excellent action-RPG in the vein of Diablo. While it's not the prettiest game around, it offers dozens of hours of killing monsters, looting dungeons, and gathering awesome gear. Just in case you need some convincing, the game even offers a substantial portion to play for free, with the rest unlocking for a one-time IAP...

There are a wide variety of genres and types of games on the App Store, many of which would only work on the pure touchscreen-centric input that the iPhone offers. While this results in a lot of imaginative and innovative experiences, I still end up gravitating towards platformers when I'm looking for a new game to play. I don't know whether it's their intrinsic familiarity or maybe just a personal predisposition towards the genre, but games such as Mos Speedrun 2 [$1.99] and Kero Blaster [$5.99] provided incredibly compulsive platforming action that was impossible to put down. Tons of Bullets [$1.99] follows in a similar vein - with both graphics and gameplay that evoke a bygone era of chaotic 2D platformers, the developers created a predictable but fun premium game that was a bargain for its two dollar price of entry. While the developers have supported the game with successive updates since its launch, Tons of Bullets has today gone on sale for the first time ever for only $0.99, which is a fantastic price for anyone looking for even more enemies to run, shoot and jump at...

Even though I spend most of my free time writing about a ridiculous variety of iOS games, I always tend to gravitate towards a relatively basic App Store classic on the everyday commute. This game is Desert Golfing [$1.99] - while not much more than an extremely minimalist putting simulator, in practice the game is an incredibly cathartic and relaxing experience. However, with the ever-present aggregate number of strokes, Desert Golfing can become a surprisingly competitive and social App Store essential - this versatility is a major factor in how the game has become a cult hit amongst many fans. The procedurally generated nature of the title, and whether there is actually an end point to the game, is also a big driving factor behind why people keep on playing, and back in March some extremely devoted fans thought they had found the conclusion to the courses on hole number 19,491. Earlier this week such speculation has been well and truly crushed, as Twitter user AldenLudwick has found the end of Desert Golfing in the form of an impassable ocean at the 64,465th hole, which developer Justin Smith has implied is a true terminus for the game...

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